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09.11.2017 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 4/2018

AIDS and Behavior 4/2018

If You Film It Will They Watch? Factors Associated with Willingness to View Safer Sex Messaging in Internet-Based Sexually Explicit Media

AIDS and Behavior > Ausgabe 4/2018
Martin J. Downing Jr., Nadav Antebi-Gruszka, Eric W. Schrimshaw, Sabina Hirshfield


Research on the association between viewing condomless sex in sexually explicit media (SEM) and engaging in risk behavior suggests the need for SEM-based safer sex messaging (e.g., PrEP, condom use), though few studies have considered viewer willingness to watch SEM containing HIV/STI prevention messages. Online survey data from a racially diverse sample of 859 men and women were used to investigate factors associated with willingness to watch SEM with safer sex messaging. Analyses were conducted separately for three groups: heterosexual men and other men who only report sex with women, heterosexual women and other women who only report sex with men, and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. All three groups expressed some willingness to view safer sex messages in SEM and a majority viewed the SEM industry as having some responsibility to provide this type of messaging. Factors associated with greater willingness varied across the three groups. These findings have implications for the design and implementation of safer sex messaging in SEM.

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