Heterosexual anal sex: part of an expanding sexual repertoire?

@article{Leichliter2008HeterosexualAS,
  title={Heterosexual anal sex: part of an expanding sexual repertoire?},
  author={Jami S. Leichliter},
  journal={Sexually transmitted diseases},
  year={2008},
  volume={35 11},
  pages={
          910-1
        }
}
  • J. Leichliter
  • Published 1 November 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
As late as 1991, heterosexual anal sex was rarely mentioned in the scientific literature as a factor in the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).1 When heterosexual anal sex was discussed, its prevalence among heterosexuals and its role in heterosexual transmission of HIV was debated1; however, in the late 1980s, studies began to identify heterosexual anal sex as a factor in male-tofemale transmission of HIV.2 In fact, studies found… 

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