Sex party attendees may possess particular health risk and resilience factors, such as increased condom negotiation skills and sexual assertiveness (Conley, Moors, Ziegler, & Karathanasis, 2012), high levels of sexual risk behavior and substance use (Friedman et al., 2008), and social stigma (Conley, Moors, Matsick, & Ziegler, 2013). However, very little research addresses attendees of marketed private or commercial sex parties, which represent specific subcultural communities with norms and practices that likely influence health behavior and outcomes. As such, we conducted an anonymous online survey wherein we enrolled 1,389 participants via recruitment on social and sexual media, at sex parties, and on sexual networking websites. In this presentation, I will detail (1) the demographic and psychosocial characteristics of the sample, including various identities and the role of identity in behavior and sex party participation; (2) characteristics of play parties; and (3) respondents’ health behaviors (sexual behavior and substance use).
After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Describe sex party attendees, including demographic, psychological, and psychosexual characteristics.
- Describe the community norms associated with sex parties and the practices in place to control entry and monitor sex party spaces.
- Identify the behavioral health strengths and weaknesses associated with sex parties and sex party attendees.