Women who have experienced multiple forms of violence, from witnessing neighbourhood crimes to being abused themselves, are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour, a new study has revealed. The level of sexual risk among females escalates along with the abusive behaviour in male partners. Conversely, men who were not physically or sexually abusive but who used controlling behaviour such as dictating who their partners could see or what they wore were no more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviours than men who were otherwise.
Gay men who feel sexually undesirable are more likely to indulge in risky sexual behaviour, say researchers. The study showed that undesirable gay men face stigmatization, avoidance and outright rejection, which can lead to depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse. Due to which, they tend to forego safe-sex discussion and, in some cases, condom use, in the context of sex with a more attractive partner.
Its official: Alcohol can induce us to have unsafe sex. The more a person drinks, the stronger becomes his/her intention to engage in unsafe sex, a recent study confirmed. The research team summarised results of 12 experiments that tested this cause-and-effect relationship in a systematic way. After pooling the findings, they found that alcohol consumption affects decision-making, and that this impact rises with the amount of alcohol consumed - the more alcohol that participants consumed, the higher their willingness to engage in unsafe sex.
With the rise of mobile technology in the past decade, various studies have attempted to shed light on how an increasing number of girls in their early teens are resorting to sexting and sending explicit photographs to their boyfriends. Certain findings have been alarming. 14 to 15-year-old girls revealed that four out of 10 did not find anything wrong in taking a topless photograph. And one in six underage girls did not see anything inappropriate about posing fully naked for others.
Men are more willing to resort to unprotected sex when they find their partners hot, reveals a new scientific survey, which sought to better understand the relationship between perceived attractiveness and condom use intentions in a heterosexual male population between ages 18-69. Researchers found that more attractive a woman was judged to be on average, the more likely participants would be willing to have sex with her and the less likely they were to intend to use a condom during sex. The more attractive a man considered a woman to be, the less likely it was that he would intend to use a condom during sex with her, even if he thought the woman had a sexually transmitted infection, the findings showed. The researchers also found that when a man judged a woman to be less attractive, he was more willing to use a condom. The risk of unprotected sex also goes up when a man considers himself to be attractive, the study suggests.
A recent survey on the sexual behaviour of men over 60 revealed that some are willing to engage in unprotected sexual intercourse multiple times with their favourite commercial sex providers. The researchers found that 59.2 percent reported not always using protection with sex workers. Nearly 95 percent reported avoiding protection for manual masturbation and 91 percent reported avoiding protection for oral sex. While 31.1 percent reported having been diagnosed with an STI at some point during their lifetime, 29.2 percent reported having an “all-time favourite” sex provider with whom they engage repeatedly. Being more emotionally attached to sex workers was positively related to more unprotected sex.
Researchers say working memory, the system in the brain that allows individuals to draw on and use information to plan and make decisions, develops through childhood and adolescence. Youth with weaker working memory reported larger increases in impulsive tendencies over the follow-up period, which in turn boosted their likelihood of early and unprotected sexual activity. In case of such teens, the desire to have sex always outweighed the risks of longer-term consequences, such as sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.
Studies have shown that the growing popularity of “chemsex” - sex under the influence of illegal drugs - may be putting users at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections as well as serious mental health problems through drug dependence. Drugs like mephedrone, gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), and crystallised methamphetamine are often used in combination to facilitate sexual sessions lasting several hours or days, with multiple sexual partners. Of crystal meth and GHB/GBL users, most reported using them to facilitate sex.