Journal article

Heterosexual experience and recent heterosexual encounters among Australian adults: the Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships

Chris Rissel, Paul B Badcock, Anthony MA Smith, Juliet Richters, Richard O de Visser, Andrew E Grulich, Judy M Simpson



UNLABELLED: Background Current information about numbers of other-sex partners, experiences of different heterosexual behaviours and the recent heterosexual experiences among a representative sample of Australian adults is needed. It is not known whether these practices have changed between 2001-02 and 2012-13. METHODS: Computer-assisted telephone interviews were completed by a representative sample of 9963 men and 10131 women aged 16-69 years from all states and territories. The overall participation rate among eligible people was 66.2%. RESULTS: Men reported more sexual partners than women, although the lifetime number of heterosexual partners reported by women increased significantly betw..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (grant no. 1002174). We are indebted to David Shellard and the staff of the Hunter Valley Research Foundation for managing data collection and undertaking the interviews for this study; and to the Social Research Centre for producing weights for the data. We also thank the 21 139 Australians who took part in the two phases of the project and so freely shared the sometimes intimate aspects of their lives. Professor Anthony Smith died during the course of this project and we intend this work to be a tribute to, and further example of, the extraordinary contribution his work has made to the sexual health and wellbeing of Australians.