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Sexual networking in provincial Thailand.
Stud Fam Plann. 1993 Jan-Feb; 24(1):1-17.SF

Abstract

Thailand is currently experiencing a major HIV epidemic, spread primarily through heterosexual contact. Patronage of prostitutes is relatively common. In-depth, open-ended interviews were conducted in a Central Thai province with a purposive sample of 181 urban men who had had sexual relations with at least two different women during the prior year. Additional qualitative information is provided by interviews with 50 women. The most common network pattern for men was a combination of commercial and noncommercial sexual relationships. Men reported that they commonly used condoms when they engaged in sex with prostitutes, but condom use was lowest for men who were the most frequent patrons. In noncommercial, nonmarital relationships, men screen partners for risk rather than practice safe sex, and condom use is generally low. Persons involved in noncommercial sexual networks are largely unaware that their partner may link them to a larger network of sexual contacts and associated risks of HIV infection. Men who have both commercial and noncommercial sexual partners can be found throughout the social strata. A program that focuses only on the closed commercial sex network will address only partially the real risk situations.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Graduate School, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8475520

Citation

Havanon, N, et al. "Sexual Networking in Provincial Thailand." Studies in Family Planning, vol. 24, no. 1, 1993, pp. 1-17.
Havanon N, Bennett A, Knodel J. Sexual networking in provincial Thailand. Stud Fam Plann. 1993;24(1):1-17.
Havanon, N., Bennett, A., & Knodel, J. (1993). Sexual networking in provincial Thailand. Studies in Family Planning, 24(1), 1-17.
Havanon N, Bennett A, Knodel J. Sexual Networking in Provincial Thailand. Stud Fam Plann. 1993 Jan-Feb;24(1):1-17. PubMed PMID: 8475520.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sexual networking in provincial Thailand. AU - Havanon,N, AU - Bennett,A, AU - Knodel,J, PY - 1993/1/1/pubmed PY - 1993/1/1/medline PY - 1993/1/1/entrez KW - Administrative Districts KW - Asia KW - Barrier Methods KW - Behavior KW - Condom KW - Contraception KW - Contraceptive Methods KW - Demographic Factors KW - Developing Countries KW - Diseases KW - Extramarital Sex Behavior KW - Family Planning KW - Geographic Factors KW - Hiv Infections KW - Population KW - Population Characteristics KW - Prostitutes KW - Questionnaires KW - Sex Behavior--men KW - Southeastern Asia KW - Thailand KW - Urban Population--men KW - Viral Diseases SP - 1 EP - 17 JF - Studies in family planning JO - Stud Fam Plann VL - 24 IS - 1 N2 - Thailand is currently experiencing a major HIV epidemic, spread primarily through heterosexual contact. Patronage of prostitutes is relatively common. In-depth, open-ended interviews were conducted in a Central Thai province with a purposive sample of 181 urban men who had had sexual relations with at least two different women during the prior year. Additional qualitative information is provided by interviews with 50 women. The most common network pattern for men was a combination of commercial and noncommercial sexual relationships. Men reported that they commonly used condoms when they engaged in sex with prostitutes, but condom use was lowest for men who were the most frequent patrons. In noncommercial, nonmarital relationships, men screen partners for risk rather than practice safe sex, and condom use is generally low. Persons involved in noncommercial sexual networks are largely unaware that their partner may link them to a larger network of sexual contacts and associated risks of HIV infection. Men who have both commercial and noncommercial sexual partners can be found throughout the social strata. A program that focuses only on the closed commercial sex network will address only partially the real risk situations. SN - 0039-3665 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8475520/Sexual_networking_in_provincial_Thailand_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/hivaids.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -