What are the risks of anal sex if the partners are heterosexual and monogamous? Could one contract some disease? And if so, how bad is it? Let's get one basic concept on the table right away. The rectum was designed as an exit, not an entrance. So yeah, you take some risks. Since the rectum doesn't produce natural lubrication like the vagina does, anal sex risks tearing the rectal walls or the sphincter-an unpleasant experience under the most favorable circumstances, and one that presents a real chance of potentially lethal peritonitis due to leakage of fecal bacteria into the abdomen. A related and in my opinion pretty stupid risk is when the sex starts in the back and winds up in the front. A study by the American Cancer Society showed that women practicing anal sex had more than twice the risk of developing anal cancer, possibly due to increased risk of exposure to the human papilloma virus.
View research View latest news Sign up for updates. This paper focuses on the sexual behavior of Puerto Rican men involved in primary relationships with other men. The data are drawn from two separate and consecutive studies. The qualitative data collected in the first study as well as the in-depth interviews of mixed status couples in the second study document that participants with adequate information, will power, and skills to protect themselves engage in risk behavior in the absence of external barriers to condom use. The wish for sexual pleasure and intimacy and the trust and love for the partner often overpower concerns about HIV transmission among coupled men. Cultural issues such as machismo and gender roles also have an impact. The need to devise prevention mechanisms that will not interfere with physical pleasure or intimacy is underscored. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Rent this article via DeepDyve. Berger, R.
MCarter1 cdc. However, who engages in it and why are not well understood, particularly among young adults. METHODS: In , data on sexual health-related topics were collected in surveys respondents and qualitative interviews 70 participants with black and Puerto Rican year-olds in Hartford and Philadelphia. Bivariate and multivariate analyses of survey data assessed predictors of anal sex with the most recent serious heterosexual partner.
The main outcome measures for this study are sexual behaviors including age at sexual initiation, number of sexual partners, vaginal and anal intercourse, and oral sex, among others. Data from a population-based cross-sectional study in PR — was analyzed. The prevalence of sexual behaviors and characteristics was described by age-group and gender during the lifetime and in the past 12 months. Overall, In both genders, the prevalence of oral and anal sex was also lower in the older age cohorts. This study provides essential information than can help health professionals understand the sexual practices and needs of the population of PR. Sexual rights, including access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services, sexuality education, respect for bodily integrity, and choice of partners, are a basic component of human rights and are fundamental to the achievement and maintenance of sexual health [ 2 ]. Even though sexual behaviors are a fundamental part of human relationships, closely related to physical and mental health [ 1 ], high-risk sexual practices can increase the risk of unintended pregnancies, promote violent behavior, and increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections STIs [ 1 , 3 — 5 ]. Studies of sexual health and behavior are of great interest in Puerto Rico PR , as statistics for this U.