Exploring sexual networks: a pilot study of swingers' sexual behaviour and health-care-seeking practices.

School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The Canadian journal of nursing research = Revue canadienne de recherche en sciences infirmières 03/2011; 43(1):80-97.
Source: PubMed


Very little scientific research exists about swingers. For sexual health nurses, this dearth of information may be problematic, particularly as the rates of many STIs are increasing across Canada. A pilot study was undertaken to explore the subculture of men and women who visit swingers' clubs. Data were collected through a survey distributed at 1 swingers' club on 2 separate occasions and through direct observation of the clubs on the same 2 occasions. The researchers engaged in 8 hours of direct observation and 72 individuals (32 men and 40 women) completed the survey. The respondents reported engaging in unprotected sex, whether oral (80.3%), vaginal (15.5%), or anal (30.8%), and rarely accessing STI health services (< 40.8%). The authors conclude that further research is needed to investigate the possible design and implementation of STI health services for swingers.

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