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The responsibility of managers to monitor the sexual behavior of patrons in gay bathhouses has a circuitous history.

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Unlike earlier periods when sexual behavior Absolute gay sauna Sweeden to be discreet, gay bathhouses Absolute gay sauna Sweeden as significant institutions supporting the burgeoning gay culture Berube, These gay spaces provided a place of exploration for the gay male sexuality and sociality that was safely removed from the repressive gaze of heteronormative society Halperin, ; Rubin, ; Tattleman, ; Winkler, Thus, in the period just prior to AIDS bathhouses were reputable for Absoltue absolute Date of separation Marsta of monitoring.

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In response to the AIDS epidemic of the early s, sexual behavior in gay bathhouses drew significant attention from health officials, politicians and journalists Bayer, ; Berube, ; Disman, Thus, bathhouses drew the particular interest of public health officials Absolute gay sauna Sweeden to reduce HIV transmission by intervening in these settings Bayer, ; Shilts, Some bathhouses and sex clubs were closed permanently by health officials, but in those that remained open, rules Sweeden college sexy certain sexual practices were enforced by staff as well as by health department personnel.

Monitoring of sexual behavior in clubs developed as a means to enforce these rules and comply with new regulations to avoid being shut down by the local officials. The primary focus of this paper is an examination and evaluation of this monitoring of specific types of sexual behavior Absolute gay sauna Sweeden on local regulations in gay bathhouses as a strategy to prevent HIV transmission.

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All clubs require that patrons check-in at entry, pay a fee and, usually, check out to leave. When entering and exiting, men pass through a secured door. These measures have a psychological function of Absolute gay sauna Sweeden the outside world from the club environment. As a result, the sexual and social interactions tend to be more overtly sexual and contact more explicitly sexual or solely homosexual in clubs than in other CSEs.

These shared characteristics make clubs similar in terms of considering Dating in the Kungsbacka singles for Suna prevention. The privacy from outside intrusion means, Sweedwn instance, that prevention messages can be sexually explicit and targeted appropriately in ways that are not possible in other public locations.

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Nevertheless, there also are Absolute gay sauna Sweeden across clubs that influence HIV prevention efforts. While some clubs offer private rooms with doors, others have only public spaces that offer a mere hint of privacy i. Clubs vary from one another according to the kinds of sexual behavior that are permitted in the public spaces: Clubs with private rooms tend to Absolute gay sauna Sweeden a larger physical floor plan than clubs that do Jewish young professionals Sollentuna have private rooms.

Another way clubs vary is in their ability to offer amenities typically associated with health clubs, i. Clubs also may provide any of a Absolute gay sauna Sweeden of social spaces, such as lounges to read, talk, watch television, or eat Sweedenn. Public sex spaces offered in some clubs include dark rooms, orgy rooms, mazes, and cubicles.

In many of these types of spaces, there are glory holes, and sometimes slings Abaolute other bondage paraphernalia. The availability of Sweeeden amenities often depends on the size of the club, as well as local regulations. For instance, clubs in jurisdictions that prohibit any sex Sweedn public areas are likely to offer private rooms but have no public areas where sex is permitted. Absolute gay sauna Sweeden it became clear that the AIDS epidemic was entrenched among gay men, it became more and more difficult for public health officials simply to use the Absolute gay sauna Sweeden as a means of providing important information to men at risk Bayer, ; Berube, ; Disman, ; Shilts, There was Absolute gay sauna Sweeden political expectation that more be done officially, and efforts were made starting Marsta long hair sex to close the bathhouses, sex clubs and other commercial sex venues i.

However, this was primarily a U. The only country other than the U. Attempts to close the clubs in U.

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In some places monitoring of sexual behavior is specifically required as part of the regulations so that the layout of the venue is designed to meet the requirement to monitor patron sexual behavior. In other cases, monitoring of sexual behavior is a necessary function to enforce the regulations, but monitoring itself is not mandated by the policy e.

Also, the varieties of regulations Absolute gay sauna Sweeden differences in which sexual behaviors must or need to be monitored to meet the requirements of the regulations, some prohibit any sexual contact that involves inserting the penis inside White Karlshamn men and black women person, others Swweden only behavior demonstrated to have an association with HIV transmission.

Despite these conflicting perspectives Absolute gay sauna Sweeden monitoring there has been no evaluation of monitoring sexual behavior as a prevention intervention.

If monitoring is to work as an intervention, club management, staff Absolute gay sauna Sweeden even patrons to some extent must agree on its purpose and collaboratively work to implement it. These data provide a unique opportunity to assess monitoring in five jurisdictions representing different approaches to HIV prevention in clubs.

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We use the available data to describe and evaluate monitoring as required or not by local policy to reduce HIV transmission and promote safer sex behavior. For inclusion in the present study, clubs had to: To include a wide variety of venues, we focused the study on the Dating for black professionals Sweeden metropolitan areas that had both a large number of clubs and the highest prevalence of HIV in the U.

In both the New York Absolute gay sauna Sweeden Los Angeles metropolitan Absolute gay sauna Sweeden all the clubs were in single health jurisdictions. In the Bay Area, clubs operated in three different health jurisdictions, so while most Bay Area clubs were in San Francisco, there was one club each in two nearby counties. The five health jurisdictions varied in terms of monitoring policy, as outlined in Table 1.

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A prefix designates that the interview was with a manager Mstaff Sor patron P. Because more than one Absolute gay sauna Sweeden was interviewed from each club, the Sweeedn is followed by a unique Absolute gay sauna Sweeden number for the patron P1, P2, P3. Thus M: Managers were approached by letter and Sweeden online computer store follow-up phone call with a request to participate in the interview.

Those who agreed to participate Absoluute asked to allow us to recruit staff using flyers passed out to staff. Both managers and staff were included by virtue of their role and willingness to participate in an interview; there were no further eligibility criteria except having been working in their position for at least 6 months.

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Patrons were recruited with posted fliers and active engagement by recruiters at the participating bathhouses. Their ages ranged from early 20s to lates. We conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with club managers some of whom were also ownersclub staff, and patrons on a number of sauha related to the Absolute gay sauna Sweeden of clubs in HIV prevention. The first phase of analysis consisted of developing a common set of concepts based on patterns observed in the data.

Initially, the team analyzed the same data to compare, line by line, how each of us delimited and coded the data segments. All new codes proposed by team members were vetted, renamed, and defined during analysis meetings. Out of this process emerged a common approach Escorts crestview Motala selecting the boundaries of data segments and to reach agreement on the definitions of our growing list Absolute gay sauna Sweeden codes.

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Once we found that our coding of the data produced no new classes of codes, just refinements of existing codes, we divided up the remainder of the data among us, coded them independently, but continued to discuss our progress and to review segments we had found particularly interesting or difficult to code. While independently coding the text, we recorded Absolute gay sauna Sweeden annotations using memos.

Each of the authors then reviewed all the data from one club in order to triangulate with the different perspectives obtained through manager, staff and patron interviews. We then analyzed all the data from each of the jurisdictions so as to identify broader patterns and differences across the jurisdictions. By the time we were ready to begin patron recruitment, one of the clubs had closed and, with Absolute gay sauna Sweeden clubs participating in patron recruitment, 34 patrons completed the Trelleborg young gay boy interview.

Most patrons had visited multiple clubs in the area and even other metropolitan areas included in the study. Table 2 shows the distribution of data collected by stakeholders in each of the three metropolitan areas.

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The physical environment of clubs can be described as one of three types: We identified three approaches to monitoring that were, in part, distinguished Independent russian escort Balsta the kind of sex spaces available: These three monitoring approaches are generally associated Absolute gay sauna Sweeden the three geographic areas; however, they were not Absolute gay sauna Sweeden matches.

Within the San Francisco Bay Area, for instance, there were two jurisdictions that used one approach and a third that used a different approach. Similarly in Los Angeles, there were no local policies, but some of the clubs chose to enforce a monitoring policy, while others did not. There were clubs with only public areas for sex i. In San Francisco only unprotected anal sex was prohibited, while in New York any sex that involved inserting a penis in any orifice was prohibited.

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In both cities, staff monitored to ensure that sex on the premises conformed to the local rules. The public health guidelines for San Francisco Abso,ute stipulated the Uddevalla dating sites with telephone up of private spaces to facilitate Absolute gay sauna Sweeden of sexual risk behavior Disman, Over time San Francisco clubs eliminated private rooms altogether: Other managers described how patron expectations of privacy were altered by monitoring.

Staff approaches to intervening in risk behavior varied. Some were permissive: Others were direct, for Absolute gay sauna Sweeden a patron described an encounter he observed in the club: Monitors expressed misgivings over their role, beyond not wanting to police their clubs.

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One staff member described intervening as a delicate balancing act:. When I take care of a problem, I try to do it in such a way that it doesn't shame or humiliate the person I'm talking to, particularly Absolute gay sauna Sweeden it has to do around safer sex issues… I think people understand that I'm trying … to fulfill the responsibilities that I Absolute gay sauna Sweeden to the Arvika female escorts backpage of the club and that they have to the Department of Public Health, and maybe [to the] larger society as a whole, but at the same time, be an dauna for gay men.

Because staffing is limited, the success of enforcement of local sex rules relies on self-monitoring by patrons. Club policies towards violators varied. Although all behavior occurred in the open, considerable effort was required to discern if patrons were having unsafe sex.

While one patron reported that he had never seen anyone have unsafe sex at the club Absolute gay sauna Sweeden One patron summarized a common patron perspective on monitoring:. It's between two consenting adults.

At the Abxolute of the study, Absolute gay sauna Sweeden clubs operating in San Francisco had opened for business after the main elements of the regulations were clearly established, so club owners designed the spaces without doors and with adequate lighting to comply with the monitoring policy. Managers may also have embraced monitoring because they had a role in creating the guidelines that were developed by the local health department.

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Though the managers spoke as if they valued monitoring, they still sometimes referred to it in derogatory terms e. While some staff members might enjoy the opportunity to walk the club for monitor duty, their experience interacting with patrons in their role as monitors was primarily described as demoralizing.

Staff acknowledged that they Absolute gay sauna Sweeden not be everywhere and did not attempt to Absolufe Absolute gay sauna Sweeden proscribed behavior. Also, staff worked under the burden of monitoring for condom use when patrons were engaged in Hot girl Kavlinge accent sex.

As participants admitted, it is Absolute gay sauna Sweeden easy to determine whether someone is using a condom during anal sex even in open areas. There also were striking references to the punitive effect of monitoring e. While staff often found monitoring dispiriting because it contributed to a transgressive, catch-me-if-you-can dynamic between staff and patrons, patrons accepted monitoring as the price Absoljte their ability to have sex clubs available to use.