Sexual Behaviors, Sex Toy and Condom Use Reported by Women who have Sex with Women and Men (WSWM)
Methods: Eighty women who reported recent genital contact with at least one man and one woman were recruited via targeted internet, venue-based and snowball sampling methods. Consenting participants were directed to an online survey. Items were adapted from the National Survey on Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB) and other studies.
Results: The most frequently reported sexual behaviors were similar regardless of partner gender. Almost three-quarters of the sample reported at least one concurrent multi-person sexual activity, with 60% reporting a threesome with a man and a woman. A sizable number of the participants reported engaging in sexual behavior that involved their own or their partner’s anus. Barrier use for sexual behaviors other than penile-vaginal intercourse was uncommon.
Conclusions: The sexual repertoires reported by participants in this study were diverse. Understanding the range of diverse sexual behaviors of the participants may enable the construction of tailored recommendations for sexual health maintenance among WSWM.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe the unique sexual health issues faced by behaviorally bisexual women, in comparison to their exclusively heterosexual and exclusively homosexual counterparts. Assess previous research that demonstrates significant health disparities among behaviorally bisexual women. Identify the behavioral repertoires of a diverse sample of behaviorally bisexual women with their male, female and transgender partners. Discuss the sexual and risk behaviors that may be targeted in targeted sexual health promotion intervention efforts in future research.
Keyword(s): Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), Sexuality
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Any relevant financial relationships? No
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