Sexual practices and risk behaviors of Israeli adult heterosexual men

Guy Shilo, Zohar Mor

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Abstract

The knowledge of sexual practices of heterosexual males (HM) in Israel is limited despite the increase inthe incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STI). This study assessed sexual practices among Israeli HM and the associations between demographic characteristics and sexual risk behaviors. The Cross-sectional study included a representative sample of 913 Jewish HM aged 18–44, which completed a questionnaire including their demographics, sexual practices, and risky sexual behavior. Of all participants, 66.8% had monogamous sex with their steady partner. These participants were more likely to be older, religious, involved ina limited repertoire of sexual practices, and less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior. Of the participants, 9.6% were in steady relationships but had concomitant sexual casual partner/s. They were more likely to be secular, paid for sex, and had more lifetime sexual partners. Of all the participants, 23.6% were singles and had sex with casual partner/s. They were more likely to be younger and engage in risky sexual behavior. Of all participants, 10.3% were involved in risky sexual behavior. These men were more likely to be singles, pay for sex and have more lifetime sexual partners. We conclude that preventive interventions aimed to prevent STI-infections should target HM who are in singles and those in steady relationships and have concomitant sex partners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-571
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 May 2020

Keywords

  • Israel
  • Males
  • condom
  • heterosexual
  • sexual risk behavior

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