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
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  • 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: There is very limited research on women who perform in adult films. The current study used a discovery oriented qualitative methodology to examine the responses of 176 female actresses in the adult entertainment industry to questions regarding the reasons for becoming involved in the pornography industry, as well as their likes and dislikes of the work. The most frequent reasons for joining the industry included money, sex, and attention. Only one participant indicated that she was coerced into becoming a porn actress. The most favorable aspects of their work included money, people, sex, and freedom/independence, whereas the most frequently reported dislikes included people, sexually transmitted diseases, and exploitation. The responses from this study provide valuable insight from a large sample of a difficult to access population of pornography actresses on why they chose to become involved in the pornography industry as well as positive and negative facets of their work. The results may be used to question many of the stereotypes that society commonly holds regarding attributes of female pornography actresses.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 07/2012;
  • International Journal of Sexual Health 07/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: We describe the extent to which men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) tell their female sex partners that they have male sex partners, and the association between disclosure of male partners and condom use with female partners. Data were from US internet-using MSMW recruited from a social networking website. Of 666 MSMW, 70% told their last female partner that they had male sex partners. MSMW who disclosed having male sex partners were equally likely to have used a condom during their last vaginal intercourse with a female partner (42%) as were men who did not disclose (47%). Because disclosure was not associated with condom use and condom use was low, it is important to continue efforts to promote consistent condom use, especially among females, regardless of the reported sexual orientation of their partners.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 07/2012; 24(3):195-204.
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    ABSTRACT: This study was designed to examine the association between childhood experiences, current psychological and relationship factors and female sexual dysfunction. In total, 404 adult women (n = 164 functional, n = 240 dysfunctional) who were currently engaged in a heterosexual relationship completed an on-line questionnaire. Women with sexual dysfunction demonstrated more problems in early life experiences, current psychological adjustment and relationships. These factors were also associated with sexual functioning for both functional and dysfunctional women. These findings demonstrate the importance of addressing psychological and relationship factors in the treatment of sexual dysfunction among women.
    International Journal of Sexual Health 07/2012;
  • International Journal of Sexual Health 04/2012; 24(2):97-98.
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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 04/2012;
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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 study used a cross-sectional survey to examine job satisfaction and its correlates among 247 female sex workers working as private service providers, in licensed brothels and in illegal sectors of the industry (mainly street-based workers). Overall, most sex workers reported positive job satisfaction. Satisfaction was higher in women working legally and was generally comparable with women from the general population. Multivariate analyses revealed that job satisfaction was significantly linked to women's reasons for initially entering the industry. Sex workers’ age, education, marital status, length of time in the industry and current working conditions were apparently less important for satisfaction.
    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;
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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;