Does Pornography Influence Safe Sex? Study Says ‘Yes’ by

Does Pornography Influence Safe Sex? Study Says ‘Yes’

Posted on Sunday, October 16th, 2016


Eric Schrimshaw and Martin J. Downing, Jr. issued a survey to 265 males to find out if condom usage in porn films influences safer sex activity among viewers.

“Men who viewed more pornography containing condom use engaged in fewer condomless anal sex encounters,” says Schrimshaw.

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The study by Schrimshaw and Downing appears to show that viewing explicit material online can have an effect on real-life sexual encounters. Participants viewing films with condom usage more likely did not engage in risky sexual behavior. But the inverse scenario is also true in this study: individuals looking at online pornography with condomless sex scenes found themselves engaging in the same sexual behavior. “These findings have important policy and HIV prevention implications,” says Downing.

According to the article, the research was the first to examine the correlation between sexually explicit media and the frequency of condomless sexual encounters. The study asked 265 men whom lived within 50 miles of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Washington D.C., and recruited through Facebook Ads and Craigslist. Here were some other results according to the research:

Nearly all (92 percent) of the men having sex with men reported viewing sexually explicit media containing condomless anal sex, and 48 percent agreed that seeing this had contributed to them engaging in riskier sex. Viewing the explicit material led to acting out the things they saw for 70 percent; 55 percent reported that viewing sexually explicit media led them to seek out sex afterwards.

This study gives credence to Proposition 60 in California, which seeks statewide regulation of condom usage in adult media.

But the sample size for the study is clearly limited. It’s based on a small geographical area and dependent on a specific population. Further research would need to include heterosexual and homosexual participants, as well as among those who have varying differences between porn viewing rates. Are people who browse sexually explicit materials less frequently with/without condom usage less likely to be influenced? If these results can be replicated, then it’s more likely that pornography is an influence on sexual behavior.

You can read a full article of the study here.


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