Are Male Couples Changing Their Sexual Agreements and Behaviors During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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AIDS Behav. 2021 Apr 15. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03256-2. Online ahead of print.


Sexual agreements are an important element of HIV prevention for many partnered gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM). This study describes sexual agreement and sexual behavior changes during the 2020 pandemic among a sample of 215 coupled US GBMSM. Overall, reported behavior shifted towards monogamy. Fifteen percent of respondents developed/ended/changed their agreement during the pandemic; the pandemic factored into 85% of reported changes. Individuals reported fewer outside sexual partners compared to the 3 months pre-pandemic. More research is needed to investigate shifting behavior and associated risk in order to adapt HIV services during the pandemic.

PMID:33860408 | DOI:10.1007/s10461-021-03256-2