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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, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, is the youth-focused component of the National Longitudinal Survey Program 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. More


News The New York Times: According to the GSS, people's attitudes towards sex and abortion have changed in America More
Posted: 4.24.2014 5:30PM
News The Huffington Post: Demographics around homesexuals in the U.S. discussed with GSS data and research More
Posted: 3.14.2014 9:52AM
News The General Social Survey provides insight into women's reactions to pornography More
Posted: 9.24.2013 4:17PM
News Yahoo! Finance: According to the General Social Survey about 15% of married Americans admit they’ve had an extramarital affair More
Posted: 8.29.2013 2:43PM
News The Telegraph: The correlation between pornography and views on equal rights discussed with GSS data More
Posted: 2.6.2013 11:49AM