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doi: 10.1097/01.olq.0000251198.31056.7d
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Concurrent Partnerships Among Adolescents in a Latino Community: The Mission District of San Francisco, California

Doherty, Irene A. PhD*†; Minnis, Alexandra PhD†; Auerswald, Colette L. MD, MS‡; Adimora, Adaora A. MD, MPH*; Padian, Nancy S. PhD†

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Abstract

Objectives: Latino adolescents in the United States are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted infections, yet knowledge of their sexual networks, particularly concurrent sex partners, is limited.

Goal: The goal of this study was to describe the prevalence, patterns, and correlates of sexual concurrency among adolescents in an urban neighborhood.

Study Design: The authors conducted cross-sectional analyses of 368 sexually active youth recruited from public venues within a predominantly Latino neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

Results: During the prior 6 months, 20% of sexually experienced youth had concurrent partnerships, but this was more likely among males (27%) as females (12%) (odds ratio = 2.6; 95% confidence interval = 1.5–4.5). Sexually transmitted infection prevalence was too low to examine its association with concurrency. Factors that increased the likelihood of concurrency among males included: immigrant generation and being below grade level; and among females: older age and use of illegal substances.

Conclusions: Ample opportunities to transmit sexually transmitted infections through concurrency were present, yet very few adolescents were infected, perhaps owing to adequate condom use within a neighborhood with low sexually transmitted infection prevalence.

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