Reasons for not using a condom during anal sex were varied, including: Knerr W, Philpott A. These social scripts are so culturally pervasive that even deviations from the script--as heterosexual anal intercourse is often perceived to be--are still largely confined to and defined by the prevailing cultural scenarios p. As long as some women view anal sex as a way to bypass pregnancy concerns while maintaining intimacy and sexual pleasure, the failure to educate this population on HIV and STI prevention may lead to increased infection. How safe do you think anal sex is when it comes to HIV? An overlooked risk factor for HIV? Friedman SR, et al. To avoid sounding confrontational, our interviewer did not ask participants why they continued to practice unprotected anal intercourse with partners of unknown or positive HIV status, despite the risks involved. La Trobe University sociologist Anastasia Powell says the sexualisation or pornification of society - the preponderance of sexualised imagery in media, music and other popular culture - has done little to empower young women. I have a high libido I prefer to have sex at least once a day and am completely ok with doing all sorts of things. Although nearly all of the participants were aware that unprotected anal intercourse might put them at risk for sexually transmitted infections, this knowledge apparently did not translate into behavioral change, as evidenced by the participant who had unprotected anal intercourse with her HIV-positive partner. Women had unprotected anal intercourse with a wide variety of partners, ranging from friends to casual partners, short-term and long-term boyfriends, husbands, strangers met on the Internet, and fathers of their children. How precious are our children. Hopefully someone else will feel supported in their decisions.