Understanding service preferences among consensually non-monogamous individuals seeking sexual healthcare

Scoats, Ryan and Campbell, Christine (2024) Understanding service preferences among consensually non-monogamous individuals seeking sexual healthcare. Culture, Health & Sexuality. ISSN 1369-1058

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Despite consensually non-monogamous people being a minority population with specific healthcare needs, research on this group is minimal, especially in relation to sexual healthcare. This study explores the motivations behind consensually non-monogamous individuals’ choices of sexual healthcare service options. Qualitative survey data was collected from 67 consensual non-monogamists and analysed using thematic analysis. Two key themes captured participants’ perspectives on the selection of sexual healthcare services. ‘Feeling Comfortable’ highlighted preferences for sexually inclusive clinics and LGBT+- focused services due to perceived better quality of care and comfort. ‘Practicalities’ emphasised convenience, proximity and the availability of STI testing options as critical factors influencing service selection. Accordingly, this research provides insight into the specific sexual healthcare service needs, desires and motivations of those who are consensually non-monogamous. Suggestions are made for increased training and awareness when working with relationship diverse patients.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2024.2350434
29 April 2024Accepted
13 May 2024Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Barriers to healthcare, consensual non-monogamy, sexual health, sexual healthcare services, STI testing
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-01 - social sciences (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Law, Social and Criminal Justice
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 20 May 2024 14:09
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 12:49
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15497

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