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Sexually Explicit Online Media Use and Sexual Behavior among Sexual Minority Men in Portugal

by 1,2,3,* and 1,4
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Department of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Pólo IV, 6200-209 Covilhã, Portugal
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Health Sciences Research Centre (CICS-UBI), 6200-506 Covilhã, Portugal
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Research Centre in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD), 5001-801 Vila Real, Portugal
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Institute of Cognitive Psychology, Human and Social Development (IPCDHS), 3000-115 Coimbra, Portugal
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Academic Editors: Isabel María Fernández Medina, María Dolores Ruiz Fernández and María del Mar Jiménez Lasserrotte
Behav. Sci. 2021, 11(3), 38; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs11030038
Received: 28 February 2021 / Revised: 12 March 2021 / Accepted: 16 March 2021 / Published: 18 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sex Desire, Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction)
Introduction: This study aimed to describe sexually explicit online media (SEOM) use among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Portugal and to examine any associations between exposure to SEOM depicting unprotected anal intercourse and engaging in unprotected anal sex. Methods: This study recruited 1577 MSM living in Portugal with Internet access, who ranged in age from 18 to 74 years old (Mage = 35.69, SDage = 11.16). Participants were recruited via websites, e-mail and social media. 67.3% (n = 1061) of sample participants self-identified as gay, and 32.7% (n = 516) claimed to be bisexual. The survey included four categories of questions/measurements, encompassing demographic information, SEOM use, explicit imagery of protected/unprotected anal sex and sexual behavior. Results: The study results suggest that Portuguese MSM frequently use SEOM and that they possess a stated preference for SEOM displaying unprotected anal sex. Furthermore, this study’s findings indicate that self-identified gay men more frequently engage in unprotected sex than self-identified bisexual men. Finally, the study revealed that a preference for viewing SEOM displaying unprotected sex and higher levels of arousal attributed to direct SEOM exposure are significant predictors of having receptive anal sex without condoms. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexually explicit online media (SEOM); sexual behavior; men who have sex with men (MSM); HIV; Portugal sexually explicit online media (SEOM); sexual behavior; men who have sex with men (MSM); HIV; Portugal
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Pereira, H.; Esgalhado, G. Sexually Explicit Online Media Use and Sexual Behavior among Sexual Minority Men in Portugal. Behav. Sci. 2021, 11, 38. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs11030038

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Pereira H, Esgalhado G. Sexually Explicit Online Media Use and Sexual Behavior among Sexual Minority Men in Portugal. Behavioral Sciences. 2021; 11(3):38. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs11030038

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Pereira, Henrique, and Graça Esgalhado. 2021. "Sexually Explicit Online Media Use and Sexual Behavior among Sexual Minority Men in Portugal" Behavioral Sciences 11, no. 3: 38. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs11030038

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