Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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An Evaluation of the STI Profiles and safe Sex Practices of a Sample of Swingers
Edward Manuel Fernandes, George Gaither

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Date: 2015-09-26 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-13

Abstract


To date there has been little research on the safe sex practices of swingers in the North America. According to the SDC, individuals that engage in multi-partner sex, and casual sex with any partners have a higher rate of STIs then that of the general population. Swingers, by definition, engage in multi-partners sex, and my have several sexual partners throughout the year. However, there has been limited research on the occurrence of STIs among this population. The purpose of this study, thus, was to gather information about the occurrence of STIs in a North America. A sample of swingers were recruited though a link posted in on fifteen (15) swinger's dating sites. The present sample consisted of 2,727 respondents. The sample consisted of males, n=2062, and females, n=727. Data were collected using a self-report survey that explored areas of sexual behaviour, safe sex practices, and STI history. The results showed that swingers in this sample had a low occurence of STIs; males reported an occurence of  STIs .06 (n=2062), females reported an occurence of STIs .11 (n=727). The most common STIs reported in this sample were Chlamydia, Vaginitis, Gonorrhea, and Herpes. Swingers in this sample also reported using protection (condoms) on a regular basis (78%), and being tested for STIs at least once a year. Swinging with single males was found to be a predictor of STI in women. Overall, Swingers, by self-report, have very low rates of STIs, even though not all engage in safer sex practices. Women are twice as likely to report getting infected with a STD during swinging activities. Although individuals were the units of this study it is reasonable to assume that their responses reflect the experience of the “couple”. Individuals infected with STIs may have dropped out of swinging and Respondents may have had a bias motivation in participating in the survey.