Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 217–230

Reporting recent sexual practices: Gay men's disclosure of HIV risk by questionnaire and interview

  • Karolynn Siegel
  • Beatrice J. Krauss
  • Daniel Karus

DOI: 10.1007/BF01542100

Cite this article as:
Siegel, K., Krauss, B.J. & Karus, D. Arch Sex Behav (1994) 23: 217. doi:10.1007/BF01542100


AIDS-related research relies primarily on self-reports of sexual practices. Therefore, determining which data collection methods yield more candid information is critical. Data from a study of gay men's sexual adaptations to the AIDS epidemic provided an opportunity to explore the congruence of data collected using a self-administered questionnaire with data from an unstructured face-to-face interview designed to facilitate report of sexual risk behavior. We examined (i) the concordance of questionnaire and unstructured interview risk ratings when the two data sources are scored for the same 16 sexual behaviors; (ii) the concordance of questionnaire ratings and ratings obtained when all information on recent sexual practices available from the unstructured interview is considered; (iii) the relationship between serostatus and both concordance patterns between methods; and (iv) the difference by serostatus of reported risk level within method. Riskiest behaviors were reported on the questionnaire for all serostatus groups. Riskier behaviors were more likely to be reported on the questionnaire while more characteristic, safer behaviors were discussed in interview, regardless of HIV serostatus. The advantages of a combined methods—questionnaire/interview—strategy for sexual practice research are discussed.

Key words

HIVAIDSsexual riskdata collection methods

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karolynn Siegel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Beatrice J. Krauss
    • 3
  • Daniel Karus
    • 1
  1. 1.Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Public HealthCornell University Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.New YorkUSA