Understanding Service Preferences among Consensually Non-Monogamous Individuals Seeking Sexual Healthcare

Ryan Scoats (Corresponding / Lead Author), Christine Campbell

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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 participant 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 availability of 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCulture, Health & Sexuality
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 13 May 2024


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