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Smoking as a Risk Factor for STI Diagnosis Among African American Females

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Abstract:

Objectives: To examine the relationship of smoking to sexual risk outcomes among African American adolescent females. Methods: We analyzed baseline data from an HIV intervention trial, including sexual risk (older sex partners, number of vaginal sex partners, sex while high on drugs/alcohol, STI diagnosis) and smoking status among 715 participants. Results: Smoking prevalence was 23.1%. Controlling for covariates, smoking predicted having older partners (P=.001), having sex while high on alcohol or drugs (P<.001), and STI diagnosis (P=.046), after including other sexual risk outcomes in the model. Conclusions: Smoking is an independent risk factor for sexual risk behaviors and STI diagnosis.

Keywords: ADOLESCENTS; CIGARETTE SMOKING; SEXUAL RISK; SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.36.4.7

Affiliations: Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Atlanta, GA, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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