This study examined sexual risk behaviors/outcomes among college students with online partners only, offline partners only, and both online/offline partners. Students with both online/offline partners were more likely to report sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, and more vaginal/oral sex partners. Sex with online partners was not riskier than sex with offline partners.
Research involving a random sample of college students found that meeting sex partners both online/offline resulted in a worse sexual risk profile than meeting partners online only or offline only.
From the *Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; †Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; and ‡Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Supported by the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Grants-in-Aid program and a Florida Center for AIDS Research Developmental Core Seed Award.
Correspondence: Eric R. Buhi, MPH, PhD, Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 56, Tampa, FL 33612. E-mail: email@example.com.
Received for publication May 12, 2011, and accepted September 1, 2011.