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Exploring Sexual Networks: A Pilot Study of Swingers' Sexual Behaviour and Health-Care-Seeking Practices Une exploration des réseaux sexuels : une étude pilote des comportements sexuels et du recours à des soins de santé chez les partouzeurs

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Abstract:

Very little scientific research exists about swingers. For sexual health nurses, this dearth of information may be problematic, particularly as the rates of many STIs are increasing across Canada. A pilot study was undertaken to explore the subculture of men and women who visit swingers' clubs. Data were collected through a survey distributed at 1 swingers' club on 2 separate occasions and through direct observation of the clubs on the same 2 occasions. The researchers engaged in 8 hours of direct observation and 72 individuals (32 men and 40 women) completed the survey. The respondents reported engaging in unprotected sex, whether oral (80.3%), vaginal (15.5%), or anal (30.8%), and rarely accessing STI health services (< 40.8%). The authors conclude that further research is needed to investigate the possible design and implementation of STI health services for swingers.

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Il existe très peu de recherche scientifique sur les partouzeurs. Pour le personnel infirmier spécialisé en santé sexuelle, cette absence d'information peut s'avérer problématique, notamment dans un contexte où le taux d'ITS est à la hausse, partout au Canada. Une étude pilote a été entreprise pour explorer la sousculture d'hommes et de femmes qui fréquentent les clubs de partouzeurs. Des données ont été recueillies à l'aide d'un questionnaire distribué dans un bar de partouzeurs, à deux occasions distinctes, et par la voie d'observations directes dans ces établissements, à ces deux mêmes occasions. Les chercheurs ont mené des observations directes pendant huit heures, et 72 individus (32 hommes et 40 femmes) ont rempli le questionnaire. Les répondants ont dit avoir des relations sexuelles non protégées — orales (80,3 %), vaginales (15,5 %) ou anales (30,8 %) — et ont rarement recours à des services de santé axés sur les ITS (<40,8 %). Selon les auteurs, de plus amples recherches doivent être menées pour explorer la possibilité de concevoir et de mettre en place des services de santé axés sur les ITS à l'intention des partouzeurs.

Keywords: COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING; HEALTH SERVICES; HIV; SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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