Are We Blinded by Desire? Relationship Motivation and Sexual Risk-Taking Intentions during Condom Negotiation

The Journal of Sex Research, Shayna Skakoon-Sparling & Kenneth M. Cramer (2019) DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2019.1579888

ABSTRACT

Effective condom negotiation skills support better sexual health for both men and women. The current study explored relationship motivation (motivation to establish and maintain long-term romantic relationships), gender, and sexual orientation as factors influencing the condom negotiation process.

Participants (177 heterosexual women, 157 heterosexual men, and 106 men who have sex with men) read a vignette describing an encounter with a hypothetical new sexual/romantic partner and responded to embedded items and scales.

Stronger relationship motivation predicted increased willingness to have condomless sex among women who perceived greater familiarity with the hypothetical partner. Gender and sexual orientation predicted different preferences for condom insistence strategies.

The findings suggest that there are a number of conditions that make it more difficult to recognize risk during a sexual encounter and demonstrate how the process of condom negotiation can be impacted by gender, sexual orientation, and relationship motivation.

World Medical Association updates advice on medically indicated termination of pregnancy

Australian Medical Association, October 21, 2018

Revised advice to physicians on medically indicated termination of pregnancy has been issued by the World Medical Association.

At its recent annual General Assembly in Reykjavik, the WMA reiterated that where the law allows medically indicated termination of pregnancy to be performed, the procedure should be carried out by a competent physician.

However, it agreed that in extreme cases it could be performed by another qualified health care worker. An extreme case would be a situation where only an abortion would save the life of the mother and no physician was available, as might occur in many parts of the world. This amends previous WMA advice from 2006 that only physicians should undertake such procedures.

Barriers to HIV testing for people born in Southeast Asia & sub-Saharan Africa

Curtin University,  2017

Over the past decade Australia has seen an increase in HIV notifications among people born in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and South East Asia (SEA).

People born in these regions have the highest rates of HIV diagnosis by region of birth and are overrepresented in late or advanced presentations of HIV infection.

Previous research indicates that migrants from SSA and SEA attend health services in Australia regularly, but only 50% have ever tested for HIV.

This report provides a brief overview of the preliminary results from the Barriers to HIV
testing project – a qualitative research project using focus groups and in-depth interviews to explore the barriers and enablers to HIV testing among priority communities born in SSA and SEA, to better understand the factors influencing late
diagnosis.

Resource Kit – Young People and Sexual Health

NSW STI Programs Unit, 2017

The Resource Kit contians tools, fact sheets, activities and protocols for working with young people around sexual health.

Tools supporting organisations to engage in sexual health

Sexual health tools and fact sheets for workers

Fun games to start the sexual health conversations

SHINE SA’s FRESH Course: Disability and Mental Health Focus

SHINE SA, October 2017

This dynamic 3-day course aims to update workers to include relationships and sexual health education and support in their work.

On completion of the FRESH Course you will have:side
• an increased level of confidence working with people in the area of sexual health and  relationships
• a better understanding of how values and beliefs may influence your practice in this area of work
• a new vocabulary about sexual health and relationships to use in practice
• skills to support sexual health needs
• developed an understanding of current resources available and how to use them effectively

Topics covered:

• History of Sexuality & Disability
• Contraception & Pregnancy Options
• STIs & Safer Sex
• Healthy Relationships
• Sex & The Law
• Impact of psychotropic medications
• Sexual Violence & Safety
• Sexual & Gender Diversity
• Assessment tools
• Resource exploration
• Communicating about sexuality

WHEN: 14–16 November 2017 (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)
WHERE: SHINE SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville
TIME: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
COST: $399 Student Concession: $359

What is “successful ageing” for people living with HIV?

nam/aidsmap,  26 August 2017

When Canadian researchers asked HIV-positive people over the age of 50 how they would define “successful ageing”, six key themes emerged – accepting limitations, staying positive, maintaining social support, taking responsibility, living a healthy lifestyle, and engaging in meaningful activities.

Writing in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, Patricia Solomon and colleagues note the emphasis on individual control. Clinicians and service providers should work with people living with HIV to understand their values and aspirations and help them identify their personal goals, the researchers say.