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'It was an incredible thrill': the social meanings and dynamics of younger gay men's experiences of barebacking in Melbourne

Ridge, Damien T. (2004) 'It was an incredible thrill': the social meanings and dynamics of younger gay men's experiences of barebacking in Melbourne. Sexualities, 7 (3). pp. 259-279. ISSN 1363-4607

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Abstract

This study used a qualitative research design to examine the meanings and circumstances underpinning practices of - unprotected anal intercourse in episodic sexual encounters among younger (mainly in their 20s) same-sex attracted men - in Melbourne, Australia. Using a modified grounded theory approach, a series of in-depth interviews with 24 men were conducted. The results reveal that understanding practices of barebacking requires an appreciation of how sex takes on multiple meanings in practice. Meanings in sex for the men in this study tend to be organized around masculinity. In sexual negotiations, meanings, initiation, emotions, dynamics (e.g.communication, directing and wider contextual influences (e.g. public health discourses) all play a role in sexual choreography and risk taking. Implications for health promotion and policy are discussed. Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Ltd from Ridge, Damien (2004), Sexualities, 7 (3). pp.259-279. Copyright 2004 SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi)

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1461-7382
Uncontrolled Keywords:Barebacking, HIV, qualitative research, safe sex, young gay men
Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
ID Code:3562
Deposited On:27 Feb 2007
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:31

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