W hen it comes to sex, you may have heard people talking about how men and women are supposedly very different. Our culture has a lot of jokes about these ideas. Of course, real life is usually a lot more complicated than stereotypes. Not all of us will experience a sex life that looks like the ones that get joked about at the bar or talked about on daytime TV shows. So, what does the science really say about men, women, and sex? This article takes a look.
Unsafe sex in men who have sex with both men and women
People are having less sex, and the decline is being seen among younger adults, particularly men. The trend may have more to do with the internet and dating apps than morality, fear of pregnancy, or easy access to porn. About 1 in 3 men ages 18 to 24 years reported no sexual activity in the past year, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open. Between and , past-year sexual inactivity rose from almost 19 percent to almost 31 percent among men ages 18 to 24, according to researchers led by Dr. Sexual inactivity among women of the same age remained relatively constant, rising from 15 percent to 19 percent over the same time period.
Why Young Adults, Especially Men, Are Having Sex Less Frequently
Participants who completed HIV testing and oral sex questions at enrollment were selected. Oropharyngeal swab testing for Neisseria gonorrhoeae NG and Chlamydia trachomatis CT began in and for those with diagnostic results at enrollment, the unadjusted association of oral sex practices with oropharyngeal STIs was conducted. Factors associated with increased odds of engaging in oral sex included living with HIV adjusted [a]OR: 1.
The sexual behaviors of bisexually active men, defined as men having sex with a man and a woman in previous 6 months, were compared with men who had sex with men only. Differential sexual practices associated with HIV risk between the two groups of men, as well as in the bisexual men with their male and female partners, were evaluated. Cross-sectional analyses were performed on baseline data from a prospective cohort of young gay men recruited from bars, college campuses, and a health center in Boston from to The two groups had similar levels of unprotected anal intercourse Among this cohort of men who have sex with men MSM , a sizable proportion also had vaginal sex with female partners in the previous 6 months.