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Infidelity, Trust and Condom Use Among Latino Youth in Dating Relationships

May 15, 2009

When compared to non-Hispanic white youth, Latino youth in the United States are at greater risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the authors noted. For the current study, 647 sexually active heterosexual Latino youth ages 16-22 were recruited for interviews through a large health maintenance organization or community clinics.

After adjusting for gender, age, ethnic heritage, and method of recruitment, the following were found to be independently associated with inconsistent condom use and engagement in a greater number of sexual intercourse acts unprotected by condoms: "woman's consistent use of hormonal contraceptives, ambivalence about avoiding pregnancy, longer length of sexual relationship, and greater overall trust in main partner." The perception that one's main partner had potentially been unfaithful, but not one's own sexual concurrency, was associated with consistent condom use and fewer acts of unprotected sexual intercourse. "Sexually concurrent youth who engaged in inconsistent condom use with other partners were more likely to engage in inconsistent condom use and a greater number of unprotected sexual intercourse acts with main partners," the authors observed.

"Increasing attachment between youth may be a risk factor for the transmission of STIs via normative declines in condom use," the researchers wrote in their conclusion. "Perception that one's partner has potentially been unfaithful may result in greater condom use. However, many Latino adolescents and young adults who engage in sexual concurrency may not take adequate steps to protect their partners from contracting STIs. Some youth may be more focused on the emotional and social repercussions of potentially revealing infidelity by advocating condom use than the physical repercussions of unsafe sex."

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Adapted from:
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
04.2009; Vol. 36; No. 4: P. 227-231; Sonya S. Brady, Ph.D.; Jeanne M. Tschann, Ph.D.; Jonathan M. Ellen, M.D.; Elena Flores, Ph.D.

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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