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Associations Between Number of Lifetime Partners and Other Health Behaviors

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Objective: To examine associations between health behaviors and life-time sexual partners among college students. Methods: Data from the 1995 National College Health Risk Behavior Survey were analyzed. Results: After adjusting for age, sex, and race, having 2 or more lifetime sexual partners was associated with infrequently using seat belts, driving after drinking, having a physical fight, considering suicide, and using chewing tobacco and marijuana. Significant sex interactions occurred with cigarette smoking and fruit and vegetable consumption, and significant age interactions occurred with binge drinking. Conclusions: Having multiple lifetime sexual partners (≥2) was associated with several negative health behaviors.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Education and Recreation, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. 2: Department of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. 3: Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK.

Publication date: November 1, 2001

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