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Does attractiveness influence condom use intentions in women who have sex with men?

Does attractiveness influence condom use intentions in women who have sex with men?
Does attractiveness influence condom use intentions in women who have sex with men?
Objectives: Attractiveness judgements have been shown to affect interpersonal relationships. The present study explored the relationships between perceived attractiveness, perceived sexual health status, condom use intentions and condom use resistance in women. Setting: The study data were collected using an online questionnaire. Participants: 480 English-speaking women who have sex with men, between 18-32 years old. Outcome measures: Women were asked to rate the attractiveness of 20 men on the basis of facial photographs, to estimate the likelihood that each man had a sexually transmitted infection (STI), and to indicate their willingness to have sex with each man without a condom. Condom resistance tactics were also measured and their influence on condom use intentions was assessed. Results: The more attractive a man was judged to be, the more likely it was that participants were willing to have sex with him (r (478) = 0.987, p < .001). Further, the more attractive a man was judged to be, the less likely women were to intend to use a condom during sex (r=-0.552, df=478, p = .007). The average perceived STI likelihood for a man had no significant association with his average perceived attractiveness or with participants’ average willingness to have sex with him. The more attractive a participant judged herself to be, the more she believed that, overall, men are likely to have a STI (r =0.103, df=478, p < .05). Conclusions: Women’s perceptions of men’s attractiveness influence their condom use intentions; such risk biases should be incorporated into sexual health education programmes and condom use interventions.
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Eleftheriou, Anastasia, Bullock, Seth, Graham, Cynthia, Skakoon-Sparling, Shayna and Ingham, Roger (2019) Does attractiveness influence condom use intentions in women who have sex with men? PLoS ONE, 14 (5), 1-13, [e0217152].

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Objectives: Attractiveness judgements have been shown to affect interpersonal relationships. The present study explored the relationships between perceived attractiveness, perceived sexual health status, condom use intentions and condom use resistance in women. Setting: The study data were collected using an online questionnaire. Participants: 480 English-speaking women who have sex with men, between 18-32 years old. Outcome measures: Women were asked to rate the attractiveness of 20 men on the basis of facial photographs, to estimate the likelihood that each man had a sexually transmitted infection (STI), and to indicate their willingness to have sex with each man without a condom. Condom resistance tactics were also measured and their influence on condom use intentions was assessed. Results: The more attractive a man was judged to be, the more likely it was that participants were willing to have sex with him (r (478) = 0.987, p < .001). Further, the more attractive a man was judged to be, the less likely women were to intend to use a condom during sex (r=-0.552, df=478, p = .007). The average perceived STI likelihood for a man had no significant association with his average perceived attractiveness or with participants’ average willingness to have sex with him. The more attractive a participant judged herself to be, the more she believed that, overall, men are likely to have a STI (r =0.103, df=478, p < .05). Conclusions: Women’s perceptions of men’s attractiveness influence their condom use intentions; such risk biases should be incorporated into sexual health education programmes and condom use interventions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 May 2019
Published date: 23 May 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 430910
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/430910
ISSN: 1932-6203
PURE UUID: a2f7b575-3b84-4a61-83f9-8f512cb8537a
ORCID for Cynthia Graham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7884-599X

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Date deposited: 17 May 2019 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 05:57

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