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Sex Transm Dis. 2002 Dec;29(12):756-62.

Adolescent condom use and perceptions of risk for sexually transmitted diseases: a prospective study.

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Department of Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. jellen@jhmi.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The authors' previous research has shown that in cross-sectional analysis, partner-specific perceptions of risk for gonorrhea and chlamydial and HIV infection correlated with partner-specific intentions to use condoms.

GOAL:

The goal was to determine whether partner-specific measures of perception of risk for STDs (PRSTD) predict partner-specific condom use 6 months later among high-risk and low-risk youth.

STUDY DESIGN:

Youths aged 14 to 19 years were recruited from an STD clinic (n = 236) and an HMO teen clinic (n = 306) and were interviewed at baseline and at 6 months about PRSTD, attitudes about condoms, self-efficacy, normative expectations, and condom use.

RESULTS:

PRSTD with a main sex partner was an independent predictor of condom use with a main sex partner in the STD clinic cohort (odds ratio = 2.5; 95% CI = 1.1-6.2). There was no association between PRSTD with a casual sex partner and condom use in this cohort or between PRSTD for main or casual sex partners and condom use in the HMO teen clinic cohort.

CONCLUSION:

Interventions that target high-risk adolescents should focus on PRSTD with a main sex partner.

PMID:
12466716
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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