Bringing your baggage to bed: associations of previous relationship experiences with sexual risk.

TitleBringing your baggage to bed: associations of previous relationship experiences with sexual risk.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsKershaw, T., Gerber R., Divney A., Albritton T., Sipsma H., Magriples U., & Gordon D.
JournalAIDS Behav
Volume18
Issue1
Pagination159-70
Date Published2014 Jan
ISSN1573-3254
KeywordsConnecticut, Family Characteristics, Female, HIV Infections, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Pregnancy, Risk Factors, Sexual Abstinence, Sexual Behavior, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Unsafe Sex, Young Adult
Abstract

<p>Delaying sexual intercourse after initiating a relationship (i.e., increasing the presexual period) and delaying unprotected sex can reduce HIV/STI risk. Past relationship and risk experiences may influence sexual decisions in a current relationship. We examined how past relationship and risk experiences of both members of 296 young pregnant couples influenced length of presexual period and time to unprotected sex. Forty-six percent of couples had sex within the first month of seeing each other and had unprotected sex within 1 month of having sex. Length of presexual period and time to unprotected sex were significantly shorter in their current relationship than their previous relationship for both men and women (all p < 0.05). Female past relationship and risk factors were more strongly associated with length of presexual relationship than male past relationship and risk factors. Both male and female past relationship and risk factors were associated with time to unprotected sex.</p>

DOI10.1007/s10461-012-0349-0
Alternate JournalAIDS Behav
PubMed ID23086428
PubMed Central IDPMC3796179
Grant List1R01MH075685 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
5P30MH062294 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
P30 MH062294 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH075685 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
T32 MH020031 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States