Physical and Emotional Satisfaction at First Same-Sex Anal Sex in Young Gay and Bisexual Men

Abstract

Research has focused on adolescents’ feelings about their first sexual experiences, but little research has examined this topic in sexual minority adolescents. In this study, we examined how experiencing emotional and physical satisfaction at first same-sex anal sex differed by age of first sex for young gay and bisexual men. We applied the time-varying effect model to data from an Internet survey of men who initiated first sex between ages 14–26 (n = 6401) to examine emotional and physical satisfaction at first same-sex anal sex across continuous age of onset and by partner factors. The majority of men reported satisfaction across all ages; however, satisfaction was generally less likely for men who had first anal sex with a non-relationship partner, an older partner, or a partner they had sex with only once and this was particularly true at earlier ages. Findings suggest that many young gay and bisexual men report satisfaction with their first anal sex and that relationship context can be important in predicting satisfaction, particularly at younger ages.

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This research and the authors were funded in part by NIDA Grant P50 DA039838, NICHD Grant R03 HD096101, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Grants KL2 TR002015 and UL1 TR002014. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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Vasilenko, S.A., Exten, C. & Rosenberger, J.G. Physical and Emotional Satisfaction at First Same-Sex Anal Sex in Young Gay and Bisexual Men. Arch Sex Behav 50, 1047–1055 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-020-01738-3

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Keywords

  • First sex
  • Gay and bisexual adolescents
  • Sexual satisfaction
  • Sexual orientation