Anal intercourse is a highly efficient mode of HIV transmission. Nevertheless, there is evidence to suggest that anal intercourse is also widely practiced by women in the US 1 — 4. Given that anal intercourse is associated with higher rates of heterosexual HIV transmission than vaginal intercourse 10 — 13 , women who engage in unprotected anal intercourse with sexual partners of unknown or seropositive status may be at greater risk for acquiring HIV than women who do not practice anal intercourse or who use protection while doing so. Additionally, Halperin 1 found that women who engaged in anal intercourse were less likely to use condoms during anal intercourse than during vaginal intercourse.
Why Women Engage in Anal Intercourse: Results from a Qualitative Study
The Consequences of Heterosexual Anal Sex for Women
The study, while a modeling study to provide an estimate of the role anal sex may play in HIV acquisition among cisgender women in the U. The researchers used the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance surveys from and , reviewing the sexual behavior data from 9, heterosexually active cisgender women in 20 cities with high HIV rates. Researchers included women ages 18 to 60, who completed the survey in English or Spanish and had incomes below the federal poverty line or no more formal education than a high school diploma. Women also had to report at least one incident of receptive anal or vaginal intercourse with a cisgender man in the past year. They excluded women who reported injecting drugs or reported only having oral sex with men during that month period. Number of sex acts per partner during the time period was not collected, and therefore not a part of their analysis.
Are Providers Ignoring Anal Sex as a Health Care Issue for Women at Risk for HIV and Cancer?
This study used qualitative methods to assess why women engage in heterosexual anal receptive intercourse AI with a male partner. Four focus groups which comprised women from diverse ethnicities were conducted. All groups were digitally recorded for transcription; transcripts were analyzed using the methods of grounded theory to determine themes. The riskiness of AI was assessed within relationship contexts. Past experience with AI including emotional and physical reactions was identified.
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