And one study is suggesting that a major shift might be underway in the world of sex, at least for young American men. The last time we had this large survey, according to the professor, a large majority of young men and women reported having sex with somebody else in the last year and there was no indication that younger people in particular were having less sex. However, because of similar social and cultural factors in both the US and the UK, the professor says it's worth considering what might be behind the trends. First, many young people tend to form long-term partnerships later in life, with people not settling down until their 30s. He also says that young people remaining dependent on their families, both financially and in terms of living at home , might be a factor. Finally, he points to what he calls the 'pornographisation' of society, in which the greater access to explicit pornography online might be affecting sexual relationships. For example, young people might be concerned about the objectifaction of their bodies, about increasing negative attitudes towards women and they might even be having fewer sexual encounters because they're spending more time with pornography.
Author Peggy Orenstein knows that talking to your son about sex isn't easy: "I know for a lot of parents, you would rather poke yourself in the eye with a fork than speak directly to your son about sex — and probably he would rather poke himself in the eye with a fork as well," she says. But we don't have "the luxury" to continue avoiding this conversation, she says. Orenstein spent 25 years chronicling the lives of adolescent and teen girls and never really expected to focus on boys.
Participants reported many high-risk sexual and substance use behaviors. Thirteen percent used methamphetamine in the past year. Methamphetamine use was more common among human immunodeficiency virus—infected participants odds ratio, 2. Methamphetamine use is a public health problem with significant implications for the health and well-being of YMSM. Methamphetamine use was associated with human immunodeficiency virus—related risk, and patterns of use were predicted by demographic data, sexualized social contexts, and psychological variables. Crystal methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant with use nationwide that has become a troubling epidemic. The substance has emerged as a significant risk factor for the acquisition of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. For example, it has been reported that MSM may use methamphetamine as a means of escaping underlying psychological distress such as low self-esteem, loneliness, grief, or depression, each a factor with potential to exacerbate HIV risk in this vulnerable population. In response to growing concerns about methamphetamine use and sexual risk for HIV infection among MSM, in January , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored a consultative meeting to identify directions for much-needed methamphetamine-specific research and clinical practice.
View research View latest news Sign up for updates. Metrics details. Many young men who have sex with men YMSM are reluctant to seek health services and trust local physicians. Online information seeking may encourage YMSM to identify and see trustworthy physicians, obtain sexual health services, and obtain testing for sexually transmitted infections STIs. We examined the most commonly used platforms search engines, governmental websites, counseling websites, generic social media, gay mobile apps, and mobile medical apps and their trustworthiness. We assessed interest and willingness to use an MSM-friendly physician finder function embedded within a gay mobile app. Logistic regression models were used to examine the correlation between online STI information searching and offline physician visits.