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Studies On Sexual Behavior, HIV, and AIDS

​Like other human behaviors, sexual activity has implications for society as a whole - in terms of how we interact and express ourselves, structure our social networks, and in the health risks we may encounter or expose to others. But until recent years, limitations in research methodology, coupled with societal inhibitions and political roadblocks, have constrained the extent and reliability of past studies.
Read more about the people and projects that demonstrate NORC's expertise in Sexuality.

Representative Projects

General Social Survey (GSS). Since 1972, the General Social Survey (GSS) has been monitoring societal change and studying the growing complexity of American society. The GSS is NORC’s longest running project, and one of its most influential. More

Men’s Assessment of Social Support and Risk Networks. The goal of the Men’s Assessment of Social Support and Risk Networks was to pilot test recruitment procedures and questionnaires to assess the influence of social networks and norms and beliefs of a racially and ethnically diverse sample of men who have sex with men (MSM) on their sex and sex-drug risk and risk reduction practices.   More

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997. The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), sponsored and funded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor, is the youth-focused component of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) Program – a set of surveys used to gather information on the labor market experiences of American men and women.  More

National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP). The National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a population-based study of health and social factors on a national scale, aiming to understand the well-being of older, community-dwelling Americans.o More


News New York Magazine: The changing sexual attitudes of Americans, according to GSS data More
Posted: 6.4.2015 4:49PM
News The New York Times: Looking at how, and why, people cheat on their significant others, with data and research from the GSS More
Posted: 5.29.2015 4:37PM
News Slate: Calculating the frequency and regularity of your sex life, using General Social Survey data. More
Posted: 5.29.2015 4:35PM
News CBS News: Researching GSS data on American views of sex and sexuality over the decades More
Posted: 5.13.2015 1:44PM
News The Huffington Post: GSS data shows the increase of support for same-sex marriage in the United States More
Posted: 3.12.2015 5:42PM