Having Sex With Partner Met Online and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Involuntary Bachelors in Rural China

Ying Wang , Institute for Population and Development Studies of Xi'an Jiaotong University
Huijun Liu, Xi'an Jiaotong University
Marcus W. Feldman, Stanford University

In the context of gender imbalance and the marriage squeeze in China, we investigate the socio-demographic characteristics of involuntary bachelors who reported having sex with partners met online and examine the associations between their having sex with such partners and other risky sexual behaviors. Data are from the cross-sectional survey "Mobility, Sexuality and Quality of Life of Involuntary Bachelors in Rural China" in 2017. The results showed having sex with partner met online was reported by 16.05% (118/735) of involuntary bachelors. Having sex with such partners was associated with risky sexual behaviors after adjustment for socio-demographic characteristics, Such as unsafe sexual intercourse, commercial sex, having sex in public places, multiple sexual partner and HIV testing. Those Involuntary bachelors may have a higher risk of STDs and HIV, which has a potential impact on China's public health security

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 Presented in Session 1. Fertility, Family Planning, Sexual Behavior, & Reproductive Health 1