Prevalence of drug use during sex among swingers and perceived benefits and risks - a cross-sectional internet survey in the Netherlands

Ymke J. Evers*, Nicole H. T. M. Dukers-Muijrers, Carolina J. G. Kampman, Genevieve A. F. S. van Liere, Jeannine L. A. Hautvast, Femke D. h Koedijk, Christian J. P. A. Hoebe

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Objectives Drug use during sex has been associated with sexually transmitted infections (STI). While a growing body of research has investigated drug use during sex among men who have sex with men, data in swingers is limited. Swingers are heterosexual couples who have sex with others and singles who have sex with these couples. Our study assessed the prevalence of drug use during sex and perceived benefits and risks among swingers.

Methods In 2018, 1005 swingers completed an online questionnaire that was advertised at Dutch swinger-websites. We assessed the associations between drug use during sex

Results Drug use during sex was reported by 44% (443/1005): 51% in women, 44% in bisexual men and 39% in heterosexual men (P

Conclusion This study among a large group of swingers shows that drug use during sex is highly prevalent. STI clinics should discuss drug use during sex among swingers and provide information on safer sex and drug use, while acknowledging the perceived benefits, such as the increased quality of sex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-46
Number of pages7
JournalSexually Transmitted Infections
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


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