Sexual agreements, explicit mutual understandings made between two partners about which sexual and related behaviors they agree to engage in within and/or outside of their relationship, are common among male couples. However, little is known about the perceived rewards and challenges partnered men face in the process of forming a sexual agreement. Such knowledge may be useful for the development of future HIV preventive and sexual health programs that encourage male couples to establish a sexual agreement in their relationship.
By using qualitative dyadic data from a sample of 29 self-reported concordant HIV-negative male couples who had a sexual agreement, the present qualitative study sought to assess partnered men's perceived rewards and challenges of forming a sexual agreement in their relationship and examine whether both men in the couple concurred about their perceived rewards and challenges of forming a sexual agreement. Themes for perceived rewards were:
- being honest,
- improving communication,
- increasing understanding about expectations and permitted behaviors,
- enhancing intimacy and relational bond, and
- building trust.
- stigma about having an open agreement;
- awkwardness about the topic and talking about it;
- jealousy; and
- no perceived challenges.
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- 1Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, 33136, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, 33136, USA.
- 3Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
- 4Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, and The Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
- 5Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, School of Nursing, and The Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
- Arch Sex Behav. 2016 Mar 10.
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