Journal article

Non-consensual condom removal, reported by patients at a sexual health clinic in Melbourne, Australia

Rosie L Latimer, Lenka A Vodstrcil, Christopher K Fairley, Vincent J Cornelisse, Eric PF Chow, Tim RH Read, Catriona S Bradshaw



BACKGROUND: Non-consensual removal of condoms, colloquially referred to as 'stealthing', is the removal of a condom during sex by a sexual partner when consent has been given for sex with a condom only. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey to determine how commonly women and men who have sex with men (MSM) attending Melbourne Sexual Health Centre had experienced stealthing, and analysed situational factors associated with the event. Responses were linked to demographic information extracted from patient files. RESULTS: 1189 of 2883 women (41.2%), and 1063 of 3439 MSM (30.9%) attending the clinic during the study period completed the survey. Thirty-two percent of women (95% CI: 29%,..

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Funding Acknowledgements

RLL and VJC are supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. TRHR and EPFC are supported by NHMRC early career fellowship no. 1091536, 1091226, respectively. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.