Monday, June 15, 2009

RESEARCH: The Non-sexual Needs of Men that Motivate them to Engage in High-Risk Sexual Practices with Other Men

"If I'm in chat and I put that I am looking for my knight in shining armor, they tell me to fuck off, haha. So it's best to say I'm looking for sex and then see what happens. I know that normally guys use the Internet to find sex, first you get them into bed, and then you find out their name. What I ask for and what I offer is sex, then if I like the person, maybe something else will happen, whether it be friendship or even better a stable relationship, but as the situation is, the only way is to go for sex first and see what happens."
by Percy Fernández-Dávila

Abstract: Currently there is a growing trend toward high-risk sexual practices with casual partners in the group of men who have sex with men (MSM) in many industrialized countries. This study offers some understanding of why a group of men had unprotected anal intercourse (UAI). A grounded approach was used to analyze 20 interviews with MSM from Barcelona between 18 and 40 years of age who had at least one episode of UAI in the past three months. The results reveal that many respondents had UAI practices with casual sexual partners because they were in search of experiences that were not directly related to sexual relations: reaffirmation of a sense of personal worth and of their own physical attractiveness, offset shortcomings and feelings of emotional loneliness, the search for connection and intimacy, being in love, conversion of the risk intopleasure for the forbidden and a desire to rebel against established rules. In these cases, concernsabout sexual and health care seemed to overwhelm and were not taken into account when havingUAI. It is important that HIV prevention programs include in their messages the power of these motivations that lead to practices of UAI.

Read the whole paper here.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is important research. The motivations for sex (whether "non-sexual" or not) are varied and so compelling. All of the above motivations seemed spot on. Agree or Disagree?


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