Does alcohol use among sexually active college students moderate HIV risk behavior?

John E. Lewis, Robert M. Malow, Lisa Norman

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College students frequently use alcohol and are very sexually active, but do the two behaviors result in greater HIV risk? We employed the AIDS Risk Reduction Model to assess condom use during vaginal intercourse for sexually active college students using and not using alcohol proximal to sex. Students reported multiple lifetime sex partners and used condoms inconsistently during vaginal intercourse. According to the model, condom use was slightly better among sexually active alcohol users than among sexually active nonusers. Similar rates in condom use among both groups may be a reflection of the prevailing attitudes toward condoms, rather than indicative of the effect of alcohol use on preventive behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-157
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008


  • AIDS Risk Reduction Model
  • Alcohol use
  • College students
  • Condom use
  • Sex risk behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Infectious Diseases


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