Date Approved

2007

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Committee Member

Lorraine M. Wilson, RN, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Michael Williams, RN, MSN

Comments

The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of high-risk sexually transmitted disease behaviors among homosexual college students between the ages of 19 and 25 years (N=57) in a southeastern Michigan college campus, as well as to examine the relationships among demographic factors and high risk-behavior variables. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), which is based on the theoretical framework of the Health Belief Model and developed by the Center for Disease Control, was used to measure multiple sexual partners, condom use, and STD/HIV screening in the sample being studied.

The results showed that a large part of the sample failed to use condoms and comply with STD/HIV screening despite their level of education and knowledge. Interestingly, there was minimal incidence of STDs and/or HIV infections. The sample showed that multiple sexual partners were significant but did not contribute to any findings of STD/HIV incidences in this sample. Therefore, further studies are needed to better understand behaviors of homosexual students for implementing effective means of mitigating high-risk sexual behaviors.

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