The students did not know that condom use was the focus of the study until they were randomly assigned to a group that either insisted on condom use or didn't.

Of the 688,200 AIDS cases reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through December 1998, more than 121,000 were ages 13 to 29.

Yet most young people don't take the one step that could prevent them from becoming infected with the deadly HIV virus -- that is, use a condom. One frequent reason is the belief that one's partner would be insulted or think less of you if you insisted on using a condom, according to a study published in 1997.

“It’s just not the same.” For those who do want to experience the risk of being of being “bred” or “initiated into the brotherhood,” having any other kind of sex can feel like a letdown.

Moskowitz likens it to having sex on meth frequently.

Both male and female subjects tended to view a relationship as closer, more intimate, and more likely to last when their partners insisted on using a condom.

The study was published in the Journal of Adolescence.“It’s the same thing with chemsex, which allows you to do lots of diverse and dangerous things,” he says.“Once you’ve allowed yourself to get high and have sex with ten people or get fisted and do water sports, how can you ever go back to having plain Jane sex?“It reinforces the fact that you did something somewhat dangerous.Nothing bad happened, but it still felt good.”“Every bit of sex I had was a real turn on [sic] because I knew there was a chance of getting it,” he said.On the average, the students whose partners insisted on using a condom said they felt safer and had less regret about the encounter than those who didn't.