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Does Perception of Relationship Type Impact Sexual Health Risk?

Catallozzi, Marina MD, MSCE*†‡; Bell, David L. MD, MPH*†‡; Short, Mary B. PhD§; Marcell, Arik V. MD, MPH; Ebel, Sophia C. BS*; Rosenthal, Susan L. PhD*†

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: June 2013 - Volume 40 - Issue 6 - p 473–475
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e318287bf44

A sample of 327 men (age, 16–36 years) responded to self-completed questionnaires, which included questions regarding their most recent female sexual partner and specific behaviors pertaining to that partner. Analyses showed significant differences in several variables including condom use and sexually transmitted infection history, among the different relationship types.

Young men responded to surveys that included questions regarding their most recent female partner. When analyzed by the various relationship types, significant differences were found for several associated behaviors.

From the *Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY; †New York–Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York, NY; ‡Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY; §Department of Psychology, University of Houston–Clear Lake, Houston, TX; and ¶Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

The authors thank the Young Men’s Clinic at the Ambulatory Care Network of the New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Baltimore City Health Department clinics, and the adolescent clinic at The Johns Hopkins University where data were collected.

Support by Teva Pharmaceuticals and The Columbia University Primary Care Faculty Development Program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (D55HP05154).

Conflict of interest: None declared.

Correspondence: Marina Catallozzi, MD, MSCE, Department of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health, Columbia University Medical Center, 622 W 168th St, VC4-449F New York, NY. E-mail:

Received for publication July 20, 2012, and accepted January 14, 2013.

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