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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 274-277

Safe sex practices of Indian immigrant men living in Australia: An exploratory research

Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Vijayasarathi Ramanathan
Consultant in Sexual Medicine, Department of Sexual Medicine, Bloom Healthcare, 32, Taramani Link Road, Velachery, Chennai-42, Tamil Nadu, India

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.146295

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There is a paucity of scientific information about safe sex practices of Indians immigrants living in popular multicultural nations such as Australia. An online survey of adult Indian men living in Australia was conducted to measure the frequency of use of safe sex practices using the Safe Sex Behavior Questionnaire (SSBQ). Among the respondents of the SSBQ (n = 184), 16.8% (n = 31) reported that never insist on condom use, when having sexual intercourse. One in two men surveyed, agreed that it is difficult for them to discuss safe sex issues with their sexual partners. One in two men said that they used alcoholic beverages prior to or during sexual intercourse. There were no significant differences in SSBQ data among Indian men based on their relationship status. The current study has assessed a range of safe sex practices by involving a community sample of Indian men, and provides baseline data for further evaluation and comparison.

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