High-risk sexual behavior among students of a minority-serving university in a community with a high HIV/AIDS prevalence

Mary Jo Trepka, Sunny H Kim, Vukosava Pekovic, Peggy Zamor, Elvira Velez, Mariela V. Gabaroni

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Abstract

Objective: The authors used a stratified cluster sampling design to inform campus sexually transmitted diseases prevention programs. Participants and Methods: They conducted a cross-sectional study of students (N = 1,130) at a large, urban, minority-serving university in South Florida using the 2004 National College Health Assessment Survey instrument. Results: Of the 1,130 participants, 14.0% reported risky sexual behavior (having more than 1 sexual partner in 1 year and not using a condom the last time they had vaginal intercourse), and 11.9% reported consistent risky sexual behavior (having more than 1 partner in 1 year and not using condoms most or all of the time during the past 30 days). In multivariable analysis, past-month alcohol use had the strongest independent association with both risky and consistent risky sexual behavior. Illicit drug use was marginally significant in both models. Conclusions: Administrators should address the use of alcohol and other drugs on campus in planning interventions to promote safe sexual behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-84
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • College students
  • National College Health Assessment
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Student health services
  • University

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Education

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