International Journal of Sexual Health (Int J Sex Health )

Publisher: World Association for Sexual Health

Description

Devoted to the understanding and promotion of sexual health.

  • Impact factor
    0.36
  • 5-year impact
    0.00
  • Cited half-life
    0.00
  • Immediacy index
    0.17
  • Eigenfactor
    0.00
  • Article influence
    0.00
  • Website
    International Journal of Sexual Health website
  • Other titles
    International journal of sexual health
  • ISSN
    1931-762X
  • OCLC
    68192141
  • Material type
    Periodical, Internet resource
  • Document type
    Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Prejudice against transgender people is evident around the world with discrimination in many aspects of life, including access to healthcare. Even in Thailand where male-to-female transgender people are particularly visible and society reputedly accepting, barriers to attaining appropriate healthcare still exist. The vast majority of male-to-female transgender people in Thailand are reported to take hormone therapy, however most do not seek medical advice regarding these regimens; the initiation and tailoring of medication often being guided by sympathetic peers instead. This unsupervised use of hormone therapy represents a considerable health risk behavior undoubtedly contributing to the morbidity and mortality in transgender people. This review summarizes the literature regarding hormone therapy for male-to-female transgender people, including the guidelines for the initiation, prescribing and monitoring of hormone therapy, as well as the risks of serious adverse events. These findings are considered, in the context of the Thai population, with recommendations regarding ways to improve practice and reduce health risks. Whilst there is currently considerable focus on sexually transmitted infections in this population, a more comprehensive approach to healthcare is required, including education for transgender people and the health professionals who attend them regarding appropriate hormone therapy.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 08/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Despite high HIV rates among gay male couples, limited research exists about their attitudes, intentions, social norms, and perceived behavioral control for planned condom use within and outside of their relationship. Our cross-sectional study used multilevel modeling with dyadic data from 142 HIV-negative gay couples to examine and identify which factors were statistically associated with planned condom use within and outside the relationship. Several differences for planned condom use were also noted based on the sample's prior history of UAI and relationship type. Findings suggest additional prevention tools are needed for some HIV-negative gay couples who are at-risk for HIV.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 10/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: Collegiate females in the United States are susceptible to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) due to their propensity for sexual exploration, multiple sexual partnerships, and inconsistent safe-sex practices. Despite the potential for safe-sex communication to contribute to safer sex, little is known about the predictors of this form of sexual communication. Research on condom assertiveness—the unambiguous messaging that sex without a condom is unacceptable—is especially rare. This study employed the Expanded Health Belief Model (EHBM) in an attempt to understand why some collegiate females are more condom assertive than others. Compared with less condom-assertive females, more condom-assertive females have more faith in the effectiveness of condoms, believe more in their own condom communication skills, perceive that they are more susceptible to STIs, believe there are more relational benefits to being condom assertive, believe their peers are more condom assertive, and intend to be more condom assertive. Overall, EHBM variables accounted for nearly 70% of the variability in condom assertiveness. Several of these associations, however, were moderated by sexual compulsivity and general assertiveness. Implications of these findings for sexual health practitioners are discussed, and directions for future research are suggested.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 04/2012; 24(2):137-153.
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    ABSTRACT: This case study explored the effectiveness of radio spots promoting school-based sex education in meeting their objectives and makes recommendations for future advocacy efforts using the Transtheoretical Model to analyze the populations of Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango, Guatemala on their attitudes, beliefs and behaviours regarding school-based sex education. An in-person community questionnaire was implemented and a convenience sample of 329 participants was analyzed. Data showed there is support for school-based sex education among these populations and this paper suggests various strategies for further more targeted advocacy efforts within these communities.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 01/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives. This article presents the results of a representative national study highlighting the risk factors of female sexual dysfunction in the Czech Republic.Study Design. A representative quota survey of 1000 Czech women of 15 years of age and older. The questionnaire is a part of a wider long-term survey of sexual behavior within the Czech population, which started in 1993. Besides the various aspects of sexual behavior the questionnaire included a specific section on sexual dysfunction.Results. The prevalence of sexual dysfunction amongst women in the Czech Republic is 20%. Risk factors that increase the likelihood of sexual dysfunction are: sexual abuse during childhood and having been forced to engage in sex during their lifetime. Having sexually transmitted disease and positive attitudes towards casual sex.Sexual characteristics which strongly associate with SD are: not being satisfied with sex and having faked orgasm “often and almost always”.Conclusion. These results indicate that there are risk factors for developing female sexual dysfunction (FSD) which can be identified, and there are other related characteristics that can have a negative impact on sexual behavior.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 01/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: The present study compared the self-reports of 105 porn actors to a sample of men matched on age, ethnicity, and marital status. Comparisons were conducted on sexual behaviors and attitudes, self-esteem, quality of life, and drug use. Porn actors’ first sex was at an earlier age, had more sexual partners, had a higher enjoyment of sex, were more concerned about catching an STD, and were less likely to use a condom during a first time sexual encounter compared to the matched sample, although there were no differences on incidence of childhood sexual abuse. In terms of psychological characteristics, porn actors had higher levels of self-esteem and quality of life indicators. Lastly, male performers were more likely to have used five different types of drugs compared to the comparison group during their lifetime and were more likely to have used marijuana during the past six months. These findings provide mixed support for stereotypes concerning male porn actors.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 01/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: We examined predictors of sexual functioning in male and female U.S. Marines (n = 589) assessed longitudinally for approximately 11 years. Multiple domains of sexual functioning (dysfunctional sexual behaviors, sexual frequency, sexual problems, and sexual satisfaction) were assessed at the 11-year follow-up assessment (T5). T5 depressive symptoms emerged as the most robust predictor of all domains of sexual functioning. Different patterns of correlates were associated with the different domains of sexual functioning—a finding that highlights the importance of considering the multidimensional nature of human sexuality. In addition, several significant gender × predictor interactions indicated differential relationships between predictors and sexual functioning outcomes for men and women. In particular, concurrent physical health and mental health were more strongly related to sexual functioning for women compared with men. We discuss how findings of the current study can contribute to the development of theories that can better capture the complexity of human sexuality, and we suggest ways that the current findings can inform mental health practitioners working with veterans and military personnel.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 01/2012; 24(1):26-44.
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    ABSTRACT: Military women are a unique population with occupational risks that may influence their sexual health, yet relatively little is know about specific correlates associated with servicewomen's sexual functioning. 1004 Midwestern U.S. women veterans ≤ 52 years of age completed a telephone interview assessing sexual assault history, mental health, gynecologic health, and health-related quality of life. Half experienced at least one completed sexual assault during their lifetime. Most (68%) reported sex was important in their lives and three-quarters (74%) indicated that they had engaged in sex with a partner during the past six months. Almost one quarter of sexually active participants reported painful sexual intercourse and approximately one third (35%) acknowledged using lubricants often to make sex comfortable. Mental health disorders (post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, substance use disorder), gynecologic injuries resulting from completed sexual assault, and poor health related quality of life were common in this sample and associated with compromised sexual functioning. Most sexually active women endorsing these correlates were more likely to report not being emotionally satisfied with their main partner. Problems with sexual functioning and pain during intercourse were associated with even a single completed lifetime sexual assault (cLSA). These correlates should alert health care providers to inquire regarding sensitive topics such as LSA exposure and other factors (e.g. painful sex, same-sex partners, and mental health). Sexual health problems are important to address and may also signal other important health concerns.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 01/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: False claims of having an intersex condition, taking the form of factitious disorder, have occurred historically but are even more frequently observed in the era of the Internet. Three cases are presented that had previously been reported as genuine in print media, television programs, and online postings. Probable motivations include emotional nurturance, self-aggrandizement, denial of being transgendered, and fascination with being intersex. Persons with factitious intersex conditions may interfere with peer-group support and spread misinformation. While acknowledging the reality of intersex conditions in some people, we advise a high index of suspicion and, as needed, verification of claims.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 01/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: Wounded troops in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are surviving their injuries at greater rates now than in all previous major American wars, and our returning troops face physical, mental and sexual health challenges when trying to build and re-establish intimate relationships. We are seeing relationship difficulties like intimate partner violence, child abuse, divorce, partners taking on care giving roles, higher incidence of risky sexual behaviors among single veterans and special challenges faced by women and gay and lesbian soldiers. Healthy intimate relationships can contribute to a person's recovery from physical and mental trauma, while a lack of them can contribute to ongoing mental health problems and even suicide. Fortunately we now see greater availability and acceptance of mental health services and resources for supporting intimate relationships in the military.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 01/2012;
  • International Journal of Sexual Health 01/2012; 24(2):97-98.
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the relationship between sexual attitudes and engagement in sexual activity among a sample of 401 college women. In addition, we investigated the potential role of body image as a mediator of this relationship. Online surveys included self-report measures of sexual attitudes ranging from liberal to conservative, body image satisfaction, and frequency of sexual activity. Results indicated that more liberal sexual attitudes were directly linked with more frequent sexual activity. Whereas mediation was not evident, indirect effects existed such that more liberal sexual attitudes were associated with higher body image satisfaction which, in turn, was associated with increased sexual activity. Clearly, sexual attitudes and body image are important cognitive factors that affect women's sexual activity, yet each influence alone is not enough to explain the complex process that leads to sexual behavior. Although cross-sectional in nature, our findings suggest that body image and sexual attitudes may work together as a process to affect women's sexual activity.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 01/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: Outside traditional risk-oriented public health campaigns, few sexuality education opportunities exist for adult women, particularly those in partnered relationships, that address issues related to sexual desire and pleasure. Data were collected from 677 women attending in-home sex toy parties to assess whether they sought sexuality-related information at a recent party they attended. Participants reported asking 765 questions at parties. The questions were analyzed for their content and for relations with sexual function scores. Question topics were varied and related to various domains of sexual function, providing insight into the contributions that these parties may make to women's sexual health.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 01/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to allow adults who were actively engaged in extramarital relationships to explain their motivations and emotions in their own words. We recruited 77 participants (22 men and 55 women) from an Internet discussion board aimed at people who were actively pursuing or involved in extramarital affairs. Participants completed an online survey that allowed them to describe up to three extramarital relationships, including the reasons for beginning each affair and the emotional consequences of each affair. We found sexual needs, emotional needs, and falling in love to be major reasons for beginning affairs. Both men and women were equally likely to cite sexual or emotional motivations if their primary relationship was not satisfying in either of these elements. Most participants reported experiencing both negative and positive emotions in consequence of their affairs. The results of our study illustrate the complexity of these kinds of relationships.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 01/2012;