Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 51–56 | Cite as

Rethinking Risks and Interventions Beyond HIV: The Importance of Contextualizing Collective Sex

  • Étienne MeunierEmail author
  • Jeffrey Escoffier
  • Karolynn Siegel


Frank’s (2018) careful analysis of an impressive amount of public health research shows that collective sex environments or the people who attend them are not inherentlyrisky. That is, whether it happens between two people in privacy or among a group in a collective environment, sex may present elements of risks that can be managed. Pointing to commonalities between “transgressive” sexual practices and the general sexual culture, Frank concludes that preventing risk in collective sex environments should be part of a broader project of promoting sexual health in the population at large. We entirely agree with Frank that collective sex is not inherently riskier than dyadic sex in private and that collective sex events are typically not the right place or time to conduct health interventions. However, in our work, we have also called for greater attention to the context of collective sex, to the specific features of group sexual behavior, and to ways of working with people...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociomedical SciencesColumbia University Mailman School of Public HealthNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Brooklyn Institute for Social ResearchNew YorkUSA

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