Rural and nonrural African American high school students and STD/HIV sexual-risk behaviors

Robin R. Milhausen, Richard Crosby, William L. Yarber, Ralph J. DiClemente, Gina M. Wingood, Kele Ding

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Objective: To determine differences between African American adolescents on STD/HIV sexual-risk behaviors and precursors to these risk behaviors. Methods: Six hundred sixty-three rural and 3313 nonrural adolescents who completed the 1999 YRBS Survey were selected. Results: Rural females and males were more likely to report ever having coitus and not using a condom during last coitus. Rural females were also more likely to report early coistus, having 3 or more lifetime coital partners, and having more than 1 coital partner in the last 3 months. Conclusions: African American rural adolescents, particularly females, may have greater risk for STD/HIV infection than do their nonrural counterparts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-379
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003


  • Adolescent
  • African American
  • Prevention
  • Rural
  • Sexually transmitted disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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