Multiple Sexual Relationships Leads To HIV Spread

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From Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report

Eleven percent of men in the U.S. report that they have conducted multiple sexual relationships at the same time during the past year -- a behavior that could be contributing to the spread of HIV in the country -- according to a study published online on Tuesday in the American Journal of Public Health, Reuters Health reports. For the study, Adaora Adimora of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and colleagues examined data from a 2002 federal survey that included 4,928 men between ages 15 and 44. The study showed that 11% of the men said they had at least two concurrent sexual relationships during the previous year. Among this group, most said they had only female partners.

The study found that the men were more likely to report that they drank and used drugs during sex and that their female partners also were involved in other sexual relationships, Reuters Health reports. In addition, men with more than one female partner were more likely than monogamous men to have sex with another man, according to the study. Black and Hispanic men were two to three times more likely than white men to have concurrent sex partners, the study found (Norton, Reuters Health, 10/30).

YourTango’s Take
“Hey it was the new millennium, we are awash in money, cocaine, music, and sex (sometimes experimental). We were innocent, man.” Hopping from bed to bed and deigning to use prophylactics is a recipe for the wheels coming off any operation. Most single dudes think of getting someone pregnant as a life-sentence, but how about the HIV, brah? And what about partners? Some dude just got a lengthy jail sentence for failing to inform sex partners that he had AIDS. And even picking up some other STD is pretty awful. The mass media attention to this subject has been awful. It’s either hysteria (like in the early 90’s) or a problem largely relegated to Africa and India (now). Be careful, get tested, make smart decisions, don’t mix drugs, and when in doubt fallback on outercourse. We wonder if it would get the proper attention if a popular television character got a case of something or other.

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