Gay Couples Set Sexual Agreements to Build Trust, Not for HIV Protection

Published: July 14, 2010

In a study on gay male couples, researchers have found that partners in a relationship set "sexual agreements"-rules about whether sex with outside partners is allowed-primarily because they want to strengthen and improve their relationship rather than for protection against HIV.

The study explores how sexual agreements affect both HIV risk and a relationship’s satisfaction and quality, and contains insights for HIV prevention.

Gay couples’ top reasons for establishing sexual agreements were to build trust in the relationship, promote honesty between partners and to protect the relationship, said lead author Colleen Hoff, professor of sexuality studies at San Francisco State University.

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