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New study from researchers at University of Georgia suggests condom use sends positive message to partner

mic status and the length of the relationship.

"In addition, the scenario we used described one particular kind of sex a first-time heterosexual encounter with a boyfriend or girlfriend," said Hocking. "We don't know if the results would apply to other kinds of sex, such as repeat sex with the same girlfriend or boyfriend, casual sex such as one-night stands or same-sex encounters."

Still, the new study indicates that condom use can be positive for both partners in ways that have not been widely recognized. Hocking and Turk believe that the results could be incorporated immediately into sex education classes. Students, they said, could be truthfully told, "If you use a condom, or insist that your partner does, your partner will like you more, respect you more, be more likely to want a long-term relationship with you, feel that the sexual encounter was more intimate and meaningful, and be no less likely to think that you have a sexually transmitted disease, or that you think that he or she has one either."

"The best available empirical evidence indicates that use of a condom sends a positive message to your partner about you, about the relationship and the experience and about what you think of them," Hocking adds.


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Contact: John Hocking
jhocking@arches.uga.edu
706-542-3249
University of Georgia
19-Aug-1999


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