222269 Experiences with Sexual Enhancement Products among HIV+ MSM

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sonya Satinsky, PhD, MPH , Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Joshua G. Rosenberger, MPH , Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
David S. Novak, MSW , OLB Research Institute, Online Buddies Inc., Cambridge, MA
Michael Reece, PhD, MPH , Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH , Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
BACKGROUND: Due to advances in HIV screening and treatment, HIV/AIDS have become more manageable diseases for those diagnosed, a disproportionate proportion of whom continue to be men who have sex with men (MSM). Much of the existing literature on HIV-positive (HIV+) MSM focuses on transmission risk, but fails to describe healthy sexual activities. This study examines experiences with sexual enhancement products by men with HIV-infection.

METHODS: Data were used from a national online survey of 25,294 gay and bisexually identified men, of which 3,571 self-identified as HIV+. Participants completed items related to sociodemographics, health-related behaviors, sexual behaviors and sexual enhancement product use.

RESULTS: Most HIV+ participants reported being sexually active (85.2%) and nearly all (90.6% ) reported their physical health status as being "good" or better for more than 21 of the previous 30 days. A majority of HIV+ participants (77.1%) reported vibrator use, both alone and with a partner, and nearly all (93.3%) participants reported that they enjoyed using a vibrator with their partner. Additionally, HIV+ participants were significantly more likely to report using vibrators for safer sex purposes than participants who reported a negative serostatus (X2 =8.67).

CONCLUSIONS: The use of sexual enhancement products was common among HIV+ participants in this sample, and was described as adding to quality of their sexual experiences. Public health practitioners should be mindful of the multiple healthy ways HIV+ men express their sexuality, and consider the discussion of sexual enhancement products as safer sex tools in the context of clinical settings.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Understand the factors associated with use of sexual enhancement products by HIV positive MSM Describe the perceptions of sexual enhancement products among HIV positive males both alone and with sexual partners Discuss the implications of recommending sexual enhancement products as safer sex tools in clinical settings

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Sexual Behavior

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a researcher employed by the Center For Sexual Health Promotion
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.