Partnership agreements less likely among young gay men in Australia, data from a national online survey of gay men’s relationships

Kolstee, Johann and Philpot, Steven and Grierson, Jeffrey and Bavinton, Benjamin R. and Duncan, Duane and Prestage, Garrett (2017) Partnership agreements less likely among young gay men in Australia, data from a national online survey of gay men’s relationships. Sexual Health. ISSN 1448-5028

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Background: How gay men establish partnership agreements can be affected by a number of factors, including age. The ability to communicate with a partner about sexual agreements has important sexual health implications for gay men. Objective: To assess differences in partnership agreements among gay men. Methods: We surveyed gay men about their partnerships, using a national, anonymous online survey in 2013-2014. We compared men who had monogamous partnerships with men who had non-monogamous partnerships, according to age and other factors. Results: Regarding the nature of their partnership with their primary regular partner (PRP), younger men were less likely to have an agreement of any sort and were less likely to have discussed it. Younger men were more likely to report having a monogamous partnership, but they were also less likely to report condomless anal intercourse (CLAI) with their PRP. In multivariate analysis of partnership arrangements, having a non-monogamous partnership with their PRP was associated with being older (AOR=1.03; 95%CI=1.02-1.04; p<0.001). Nearly two thirds (62.9%) of men with monogamous partnerships had a clear spoken agreement with their PRP about whether they could have sex with other men, largely regardless of age. While slightly fewer than half the men with self-described open partnerships (46.0%) actually described it as a ‘relationship’, younger men were particularly less likely to do so. Conclusions: Due to less communication with partners about sexual agreements, when young gay men engage in sexual risk behaviour they may beat an increased risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Gay, HIV, Partnership agreements, Young men
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Prof Jeffrey Grierson
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2017 16:27
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 15:59

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