Lancet Reg Health Eur. 2023. (doi: 10.1016/j.lanepe.2023.100742)
Authors: Axel Jeremias Schmidt, Ulrich Marcus
Several factors related to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) transmission and detection are on the rise. For example, there is increasing evidence that e.g., anal intercourse combined with drug use is becoming common among young heterosexuals, and the diversity of heterosexual practices has been on the rise for many years. Data from the European MSM Internet Survey (2010) illustrate how sexual repertoire diversity impacts STIs in MSM, independent of partner numbers (Fig. 1). Unfortunately, much research neglects these specific factors and persists in employing ambiguous terms like “high-risk behaviour” or “risk compensation”, which are poorly defined and often stigmatizing.