The current study re-examined risky sexual behaviors (RSB), perceived risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), and history of an STI utilizing a large female sample (1,148) and categorizing sexual minority women by women who have sex with women (WSW) and women who have sex with women and men (WSWM). Participants completed the Risk Behavior Assessment (RBA). Our findings supported previous studies whereby sexual minority women reported higher RSB but differed in the RSB they engaged in most often. Perceived risk indicated participants had an accurate understanding of their risk. Additionally, WSW were less likely to report history of an STI which, taken in consideration with previous literature, indicates WSW reported less STis due to being tested least often. These findings can assist STI prevention efforts as efforts targeting WSW should focus on regular testing while those centered on WSWM and heterosexual women should highlight safer sex practices.
|Advisor:||Fisher, Dennis G.|
|Commitee:||Pedersen, William, Wilson, Bianca D. M.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Behavioral psychology, GLBT Studies|
|Keywords:||Female sexual behavior, Perceived sexual risk, Risky sex behavior, Sex behavior infections, Sexually transmitted infections|
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