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Sexual behaviors and alcohol use among college students.


Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:1010 (abstract no. 60047). Unique Identifier :

OBJECTIVES: To compare sexual behaviors and alcohol use among college students. METHODS: The Personal Health Behavior Survey was used to collect data from 982 college students from two Midwestern Universities based on their drinking behaviors during the past 30 days. Student samples were classified into three groups: not drinking at all, drinking moderately, and drinking heavily. Sexual behaviors were tested among the three groups by using chi-square approach. RESULTS: Over 90% of heavy drinkers had ever had sexual intercourse compared to 41% of those who didn't drink at all. Although heavy drinkers were more likely to use drugs before having sex and have more than one sex partner compared to non drinkers (58.6% vs. 1%, and 82.8% vs. 38.8%, respectively), the percentage of condom use of the two group respondents showed no significant difference (p = 0.3). A slightly higher percentage of pregnancy involvement was found among non drinkers than that among heavy drinkers (20% vs. 17.2%, p = 0.01). Comparisons of sexual behaviors between gender and between American students and international students were further conducted for non-drinkers. It was found that there was no behavioral difference between gender when both were non-drinkers. A larger portion of American students used drugs when having sex compared to their counterparts (29.3% vs. 13.1%, p = 0.001). There were no statistically significant differences were found for condom use, number of partners, and pregnancy involvement. CONCLUSION: The findings recommended that drinkers and non-drinkers both practiced well regarding condom use when having sex. However, heavy drinkers were more likely to adopt unhealthy sexual lifestyles such as drug use and having more partners.

MEETING ABSTRACTS Adolescence Adult Alcohol Drinking/*EPIDEMIOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY Alcoholism/*EPIDEMIOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY Condoms/UTILIZATION Female Human HIV Infections/PREVENTION & CONTROL/*TRANSMISSION Male Midwestern United States Pregnancy Risk Factors *Sex Behavior Students/PSYCHOLOGY/*STATISTICS & NUMER DATA


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