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Sexual repertoires of heterosexuals: implications for HIV/sexually transmitted disease risk and prevention. The ACSF Group, Analyse des Comportements Sexuels en France.
Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Publication Status: ppublish Brenda Spencer fait partie du working group "ACSF"
OBJECTIVE: To provide a quantitative and population-based analysis of sexual repertoires among heterosexuals.¦DESIGN: The French National Survey of Sexual Behaviour (ACSF), conducted between September 1991 and February 1992 on a representative sample of the population aged 18-69 years.¦METHODS: Sexual practices of the last heterosexual encounter were investigated among 4261 individuals; we measured the combinations of different practices and their correlations with age, and calculated frequencies for the main repertoires and their correlations with the interpartner relationship.¦RESULTS: Vaginal penetration and caressing were almost systematic, self-masturbation and anal penetration were rare, while mutual masturbation and orogenital practices had intermediate levels of occurrence. Examination of the correlations revealed (1) a very high correlation between practices which are reciprocal or symmetrical, (2) a strong association between genito-manual and genito-oral practices, (3) an association between anal penetration and fellatio, and (4) no clear correlation between any set of practices and vaginal sex or condom use. A small number of repertoires accounted for the vast majority of encounters. Younger people tended to have a more diversified repertoire. Repertoire types and diversity were strongly correlated to the pattern of interpartner relationship, independently of age.¦CONCLUSIONS: Reciprocity seems a standard feature of the heterosexual repertoire. The absence of a negative correlation between vaginal or anal penetration and other practices argues against promotion of the latter as substitute for the former. By contrast, the independence between condom use and any specific repertoire argues for its promotion as a universal means of protection.
Adolescent, Adult, Age Factors, Aged, Condoms, Data Collection, Female, France, HIV Infections/prevention & control, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Sexual Behavior, Sexually Transmitted Diseases/prevention & control
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