Individuals report a variety of reasons for having sex.
Understanding these reasons can improve HIV and STD prevention efforts because they may constitute an important component in the aetiology of sexual risk-taking behaviours.
Relationships between self-reported reasons for having sex and frequency of participation in sexual practices among 146 heterosexual men recruited from public STD clinics in Southern California were examined.
Using a self-administered questionnaire, respondents reported how often they engaged in sex for each of 16 reasons and how frequently they participated in high, moderate, and low-risk sexual practices.
A principal components analysis identified five factors used to construct scales :
altered states ;
Higher-risk sexual practices were positively associated with the pleasure and potency scales, whereas lower-risk practices were positively associated with the love scale.
These findings suggest that some reasons men report for having sex may influence sexual risk-taking.
Interventions to reduce unsafe sex should explicitly address how men can practise safer sex and still experience pleasure and potency.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Virose, Infection, Comportement sexuel, Prise risque, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Hétérosexualité, Sexualité, Comportement, Santé, Homme, Mâle, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Sexual behavior, Risk taking, United States, North America, America, Heterosexuality, Sexuality, Behavior, Health, Human, Male, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0356924
Code Inist : 002B06D01. Création : 12/09/1997.