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Age, ethnic and travel-related disparities in kissing and sexual practices among heterosexual men in Melbourne, Australia.
Sex Health. 2020 Jun; 17(3):279-287.SH

Abstract

Background The kissing practices of heterosexual men are not well understood, despite the potential of kissing to be a significant risk factor for gonorrhoea transmission. This study aimed to explore kissing and sex practices among heterosexual men.

METHODS

A cross-sectional survey among heterosexual men attending the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre in 2016-2017 was conducted. Men were asked to report their number of kissing-only (in the absence of sex), sex-only (in the absence of kissing) and kissing-with-sex partners in the last 3 months. The mean number of each partner type was calculated, and multivariable negative binomial regression was used to investigate associations between the number of different types of partners and demographic characteristics.

RESULTS

Of the 2351 heterosexual men, men reported a mean of 2.98 kissing-only, 0.54 sex-only and 2.64 kissing-with-sex partners in the last 3 months. Younger men had a mean higher number of kissing-only partners than older men (4.52 partners among men aged ≤24 years compared with 1.75 partners among men ≥35 years, P < 0.001). Men born in Europe had the most kissing-only partners (mean: 5.16 partners) and men born in Asia had the fewest kissing-only partners (mean: 1.61 partners). Men recently arrived in Australia, including travellers from overseas, had significantly more kissing-only partners (adjusted incidence rate ratio (aIRR): 1.53; 95% CI: 1.31-1.80) than local men.

CONCLUSIONS

This study provides novel data about kissing practices of heterosexual men. Studies assessing oropharyngeal gonorrhoea should include measurements of kissing until studies can clarify its contribution to transmission risk.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, 580 Swanston Street, Carlton, Vic. 3053, Australia; and Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne, Corner Grattan Street and Royal Parade, Parkville, Vic. 3010, Australia; and Corresponding authors. Emails: finleycharleson@gmail.com; eric.chow@monash.edu.Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, 580 Swanston Street, Carlton, Vic. 3053, Australia; and Central Clinical School, Monash University, 99 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Vic. 3004, Australia.Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, Vic. 3053, Australia.Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, 580 Swanston Street, Carlton, Vic. 3053, Australia; and Central Clinical School, Monash University, 99 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Vic. 3004, Australia.Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, 580 Swanston Street, Carlton, Vic. 3053, Australia; and Central Clinical School, Monash University, 99 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Vic. 3004, Australia.Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, 580 Swanston Street, Carlton, Vic. 3053, Australia; and Central Clinical School, Monash University, 99 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Vic. 3004, Australia; and Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, Vic. 3053, Australia; and Corresponding authors. Emails: finleycharleson@gmail.com; eric.chow@monash.edu.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32571477

Citation

Charleson, Finley J., et al. "Age, Ethnic and Travel-related Disparities in Kissing and Sexual Practices Among Heterosexual Men in Melbourne, Australia." Sexual Health, vol. 17, no. 3, 2020, pp. 279-287.
Charleson FJ, Fairley CK, Hocking JS, et al. Age, ethnic and travel-related disparities in kissing and sexual practices among heterosexual men in Melbourne, Australia. Sex Health. 2020;17(3):279-287.
Charleson, F. J., Fairley, C. K., Hocking, J. S., Vodstrcil, L. A., Bradshaw, C. S., & Chow, E. P. F. (2020). Age, ethnic and travel-related disparities in kissing and sexual practices among heterosexual men in Melbourne, Australia. Sexual Health, 17(3), 279-287. https://doi.org/10.1071/SH19230
Charleson FJ, et al. Age, Ethnic and Travel-related Disparities in Kissing and Sexual Practices Among Heterosexual Men in Melbourne, Australia. Sex Health. 2020;17(3):279-287. PubMed PMID: 32571477.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Age, ethnic and travel-related disparities in kissing and sexual practices among heterosexual men in Melbourne, Australia. AU - Charleson,Finley J, AU - Fairley,Christopher K, AU - Hocking,Jane S, AU - Vodstrcil,Lenka A, AU - Bradshaw,Catriona S, AU - Chow,Eric P F, PY - 2019/12/13/received PY - 2020/04/06/accepted PY - 2020/6/24/pubmed PY - 2020/6/24/medline PY - 2020/6/24/entrez SP - 279 EP - 287 JF - Sexual health JO - Sex Health VL - 17 IS - 3 N2 - : Background The kissing practices of heterosexual men are not well understood, despite the potential of kissing to be a significant risk factor for gonorrhoea transmission. This study aimed to explore kissing and sex practices among heterosexual men. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey among heterosexual men attending the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre in 2016-2017 was conducted. Men were asked to report their number of kissing-only (in the absence of sex), sex-only (in the absence of kissing) and kissing-with-sex partners in the last 3 months. The mean number of each partner type was calculated, and multivariable negative binomial regression was used to investigate associations between the number of different types of partners and demographic characteristics. RESULTS: Of the 2351 heterosexual men, men reported a mean of 2.98 kissing-only, 0.54 sex-only and 2.64 kissing-with-sex partners in the last 3 months. Younger men had a mean higher number of kissing-only partners than older men (4.52 partners among men aged ≤24 years compared with 1.75 partners among men ≥35 years, P < 0.001). Men born in Europe had the most kissing-only partners (mean: 5.16 partners) and men born in Asia had the fewest kissing-only partners (mean: 1.61 partners). Men recently arrived in Australia, including travellers from overseas, had significantly more kissing-only partners (adjusted incidence rate ratio (aIRR): 1.53; 95% CI: 1.31-1.80) than local men. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides novel data about kissing practices of heterosexual men. Studies assessing oropharyngeal gonorrhoea should include measurements of kissing until studies can clarify its contribution to transmission risk. SN - 1449-8987 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32571477/Age,_ethnic_and_travel-related_disparities_in_kissing_and_sexual_practices_among_heterosexual_men_in_Melbourne,_Australia DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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