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In the dark: young men's stories of sexual initiation in the absence of relevant sexual health information.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19574587     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A growing body of research has investigated the effectiveness of abstinence-only sexual education. There remains a dearth of research on the relevant sexual health information available to young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Drawing on a mixed-methods study with 526 YMSM, this study explores how and where YMSM receive relevant information on sexual health/behavior. Findings indicate that information related to gay men's sexuality is not readily available from family, friends, or schools. At initiation of anal intercourse, respondents generally had limited information about HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In some cases, this resulted in the perception that activities such as unprotected sex were "low risk." Many mentioned they first learned about anal sex during their sexual debut, describing painful and/or unpleasant experiences. Some relied on older/more experienced partners, the Internet, and pornography for information. Findings are discussed in relation to how providers can help YMSM build solid foundations of sexual education to protect them from STI and HIV infection.
Katrina Kubicek; William J Beyer; George Weiss; Ellen Iverson; Michele D Kipke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-07-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1552-6127     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Educ Behav     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-07     Completed Date:  2010-08-06     Revised Date:  2014-09-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9704962     Medline TA:  Health Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  243-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
AIDS Serodiagnosis
Cohort Studies
Condoms / utilization
Homosexuality, Male*
Longitudinal Studies
Peer Group
Physician's Role
Sex Education / methods*
Sexual Behavior
Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control,  transmission
Young Adult
Grant Support
R01 DA015638/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA015638-03/DA/NIDA NIH HHS

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