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Gay men’s stories of monogamy and non-monogamy: change, flexibility and tensions
Roger Pebody, 2017-11-17 07:20:00
Although some gay men idealise monogamy, particularly in
the early stages of a relationship, couples often become non-monogamous over
time, Australian researchers report in an article published online ahead of
print in Culture, Health and Sexuality.
Men often saw non-monogamy as realistic in gay
relationships, due to social and cultural norms in gay communities. But shifting
the ground rules of relationships could be challenging for some couples,
especially when the partners had different values about monogamy and non-monogamy.
For this qualitative study, Steven Philpot and colleagues conducted in-depth interviews
with 61 Australian gay men. The interviews explored issues of intimacy,
relationships and monogamy with men who were either single or in a couple at
the time of the interview.
HIV is frequently transmitted within committed
relationships, so a better understanding of relationship dynamics is important
for HIV prevention.