Eroticizing creates safer sex: a research synthesis

J Prim Prev. 2006 Nov;27(6):619-40. doi: 10.1007/s10935-006-0059-3.


This meta-analytic review examined the effectiveness of sexual risk reduction interventions in 21 studies (N=5,015) that integrated a safer sex eroticization component. Compared to controls, intervention participants exhibited lower sexual risk on 6 dimensions: HIV-related knowledge, attitudes toward condoms, condom use, overall behavioral risk, communication with sexual partners, and sexual frequency. Additional analyses examined pre- to post-test outcomes and showed significant improvement in condom use in the intervention compared to the control groups. Overall, findings suggest that eroticizing safer sex leads to more risk-preventive attitudes, which in turn facilitates less risky sexual behavior.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • Safe Sex / psychology*
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology