A little thing called love: Condom use among high-risk primary heterosexual couples

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The publisher's final edited version of this article is available at Perspect Sex Reprod Health See other articles in PMC that cite the published article. Abstract Introduction Research shows that condoms are least likely to be used in primary relationships. Methodology Qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with 25 high-risk heterosexual couples, including HIV sero-discordant couples, in Hartford, CT. Qualitative data were coded and analyzed in an iterative inductive and deductive process using Atlas. Results Participants employed non-use of condoms as a strategy to find and maintain a primary relationship, establish trust and increase intimacy.

Ascertain about our Medical Review Board Carry Couples who choose to stop practicing safer sex with each other are sometimes said to be fluid bonded. This is because they share corporal fluids with each other. Some monogamous couples believe that fluid bonding is a way to enhance intimacy. But, there is nothing inherently more allude to about having unprotected sex in assessment to safer sex. Many couples allow great intimacy for decades without exchanging fluids.

November 12, I loved sex and hated intimacy for a long time. Around are lots of reasons my chosen birth control method has long been condoms. To understand why that distance mattered to me, I have en route for go back to my history. I grew up in a dysfunctional abode, filled with people who loved me very much but who were changeable and more like children than I ever got to be. Instead of learning to trust myself, I academic how to set up really concentrated rules that were meant to adhere to me safe. Those rules did avert me from getting hurt, but they also kept me from getting accurate to people. I had difficulty assembly connections with others—especially romantic partners.