Factors that lead to risky, unprotected sexual behaviour

Jan 11, 2013, 05:27 IST | A Correspondent

Experts list a few reasons that cause people to engage in unsafe sexual activity. Here's a look...

A violent past
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.

Sex and relationships, risky sexual behaviour

Gay and undesirable?
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.

Sex and relationships, undesirable gay men

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.

Certain patterns of violence in both childhood and adulthood may make a woman more likely to take significant sexual risks, such as having unprotected sex or a high number of sexual partners, said researchers.

The team found women who reported experiencing multiple forms of violence and those who were exposed to community violence had the highest levels of sexual risk behaviour, including lifetime number of sexual partners and alcohol and drug use before sex.

The bottle
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 new study has confirmed.

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The new study summarizes the results of 12 experiments that tested this cause-and-effect relationship in a systematic way. After pooling the results, the researchers 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.

The sexting issue
A new study has shed light on how an increasing number of girls in their early teens are resorting to sexting and sending explicit photographs to their boyfriends.

Sex and relationships, sexting

The study of 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. 

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