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J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Nov;19(11):1963-7. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2010.1953. Epub 2010 Sep 27.

Divorce and sexual risk among U.S. women: findings from the national survey of family growth.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centers for HIV, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Division of STD Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. nliddon@cdc.gov

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Most research focusing on marital status and sexual risk has compared married and single midadult women without differentiating single women by their ever married status. We elucidate differences in sexual risk among divorced and never married women.

METHODS:

Data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) (n = 5,081) were analyzed to compare divorced and never married women in terms of recent and lifetime sex partners, condom use at last vaginal sex, and other sexual risk behaviors.

RESULTS:

Overall, 13.1% of the women were currently divorced or separated, 62.1% were currently married, 8.3% were cohabitating, and 16.4% were never married. Divorced/separated women were more likely to report 5 or more lifetime sex partners and 2 or more sex partners in the past year than never married women. They were less likely to report condom use.

CONCLUSIONS:

Current findings expose sexual behavioral discrepancies within the single category of women and the need to redefine risk groups for surveillance and intervention efforts.

PMID:
20874238
DOI:
10.1089/jwh.2010.1953
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