Sexually Explicit Media and Sexual Risk Behavior in a Sample of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Norway

Bente Træen, Syed W. Noor, Jeremy Grey, Alex Iantaffi, B. R. Simon Rosser, Gert Martin Hald

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore the association between the consumption of sexually explicit media (SEM) depicting condom and non-condom use and HIV/STI-related sexual risk behavior among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Norway. We also explored whether the association between SEM consumption and STI-related sexual risk behavior is mediated by men’s sexual self-esteem and/or condom use self-efficacy. A cross-sectional online survey study was carried out in Norway in 2012. The final sample comprised 529 MSM in Norway. There was a bivariate association between the use of SEM picturing condom use and less STI-related sexual risk behavior. Further, the association between SEM consumption and sexual risk behavior was mediated by condom use self-efficacy. However, SEM did not influence sexual risk behavior via sexual self-esteem. The results offer important cross-cultural validation of recent comparative data from the US and may be used to promote HIV/STI prevention, in the sense that the actors in SEM may serve as role models in managing condom use in sexual contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1038-1051
Number of pages14
JournalSexuality and Culture
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2014

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Keywords

  • Condom self-efficacy
  • MSM
  • Norway
  • Pornography
  • Sexual risk behavior
  • Sexual self-esteem
  • Sexually explicit media

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