Sexual need fulfillment in the relationships of straight and bisexual men with HIV

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Bisexuality, Condoms -- utilization, HIV Infections, Interviews as Topic, Risk Assessment, Risk-Taking, Sexual Behavior, Sexual Partners


This article explores the associations among sexual need fulfillment, partner selection, and risky sexual behavior, using a functional/motivational perspective. It was hypothesized that sexual needs influence partner selection (e.g., steady vs. nonsteady and male vs. female), and engaging in unprotected sexual activity is influenced by both sexual needs and partner selection. A sample of self-identified straight and bisexual men with HIV completed measures of sexual frequency, sexual risk-taking behaviors, and sexual need fulfillment. Results indicated that sexual needs were predictive of partner selection but not unprotected sexual activity.