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Graduation Date

5-2017

Abstract

This research analyzes the likelihood of college students who do not rely on condoms as their primary form of contraception to use a barrier method (e.g., condoms) to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and determines the best predictors of condom use among the sample. We hypothesized that pregnancy is the main concern among sexually active adolescents, and that when risk of pregnancy is removed students are less likely to use a barrier method. Surveys of 203 students at a small, liberal arts college support what literature agrees are that the best predictors of condom use at last sex: perceived loss of pleasure by using condoms, perceived partner disapproval of using condoms, and ease of partner communication.

Student Author Biography

Amy Rooker is a graduate of Florida Southern College. Through her volunteer and advocacy work with Planned Parenthood, Amy gained a passion for understanding sexual health related risks. After graduating from Florida Southern in May of 2017, Amy continued her education and is currently at Columbia University pursing a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.

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