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Partner-specific sexual behaviors among persons with both main and other partners.
Fam Plann Perspect. 1998 Mar-Apr; 30(2):93-6.FP

Abstract

CONTEXT

If men and women engage in different sexual behavior with main partners than with other types of partners, then programs aimed at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may need to address individuals' differential risk with each partner type.

METHODS

Relationship characteristics, partner risk behaviors and sexual behaviors are examined among 123 male and 106 female STD clinic patients who had both main and other partners. Individual-level comparisons are made for two types of partner pairs: main vs. other frequent (side) partners and main vs. casual partners.

RESULTS

Among men and women with both main and side partners, the proportion who had known only their main partner for at least a year (48% of men and 41% of women) was significantly higher than the proportion who had known only their side partner for that long (2% and 9%, respectively); no other variable differed significantly by partner type. Among those with main and casual partners, both men and women were more likely to use alcohol or drugs before or during sex with main partners only (15%) than with casual partners only (1-3%). Women with main and casual partners were more likely to have oral sex only with main partners than only with casual partners (37% vs. 3%), and were more likely to use condoms only with casual partners than only with main partners (33% vs. 4%).

CONCLUSIONS

Providers need to ask individuals about their sexual behaviors with different partner types, and should tailor prevention messages to an individual's risks and reproductive intentions with each partner.

Authors+Show Affiliations

National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

9561875

Citation

Lansky, A, et al. "Partner-specific Sexual Behaviors Among Persons With Both Main and Other Partners." Family Planning Perspectives, vol. 30, no. 2, 1998, pp. 93-6.
Lansky A, Thomas JC, Earp JA. Partner-specific sexual behaviors among persons with both main and other partners. Fam Plann Perspect. 1998;30(2):93-6.
Lansky, A., Thomas, J. C., & Earp, J. A. (1998). Partner-specific sexual behaviors among persons with both main and other partners. Family Planning Perspectives, 30(2), 93-6.
Lansky A, Thomas JC, Earp JA. Partner-specific Sexual Behaviors Among Persons With Both Main and Other Partners. Fam Plann Perspect. 1998 Mar-Apr;30(2):93-6. PubMed PMID: 9561875.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Partner-specific sexual behaviors among persons with both main and other partners. AU - Lansky,A, AU - Thomas,J C, AU - Earp,J A, PY - 1998/4/30/pubmed PY - 1998/4/30/medline PY - 1998/4/30/entrez KW - Americas KW - Behavior KW - Demographic Factors KW - Developed Countries KW - Multiple Partners KW - North America KW - North Carolina KW - Northern America KW - Population KW - Population Characteristics KW - Research Report KW - Risk Reduction Behavior KW - Rural Population KW - Sex Behavior KW - Sexual Partners KW - United States SP - 93 EP - 6 JF - Family planning perspectives JO - Fam Plann Perspect VL - 30 IS - 2 N2 - CONTEXT: If men and women engage in different sexual behavior with main partners than with other types of partners, then programs aimed at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may need to address individuals' differential risk with each partner type. METHODS: Relationship characteristics, partner risk behaviors and sexual behaviors are examined among 123 male and 106 female STD clinic patients who had both main and other partners. Individual-level comparisons are made for two types of partner pairs: main vs. other frequent (side) partners and main vs. casual partners. RESULTS: Among men and women with both main and side partners, the proportion who had known only their main partner for at least a year (48% of men and 41% of women) was significantly higher than the proportion who had known only their side partner for that long (2% and 9%, respectively); no other variable differed significantly by partner type. Among those with main and casual partners, both men and women were more likely to use alcohol or drugs before or during sex with main partners only (15%) than with casual partners only (1-3%). Women with main and casual partners were more likely to have oral sex only with main partners than only with casual partners (37% vs. 3%), and were more likely to use condoms only with casual partners than only with main partners (33% vs. 4%). CONCLUSIONS: Providers need to ask individuals about their sexual behaviors with different partner types, and should tailor prevention messages to an individual's risks and reproductive intentions with each partner. SN - 0014-7354 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/9561875/Partner_specific_sexual_behaviors_among_persons_with_both_main_and_other_partners_ L2 - https://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3009398.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -