Are there differences in sexual risk between heterosexual and non-heterosexual adolescents?

Alexandra Morales Sabuco, José P. Espada, Mireia Orgilés


This descriptive cross-sectional study aims to analyze the relationship between self-reported sexual orientation and sexual behavior during adolescence, cognitive, attitudinal and behavioral factors were examined. Eight hundred and fifteen adolescents (15-18 years) of both sexes participated, of which 5% defined themselves as non-heterosexual. Sexual behavior, knowledge and attitudes towards HIV, perceived norms and sexual sensation seeking were assessed. Non-heterosexual adolescents use condoms more consistently and their attitudes towards this method of protection when obstacles exist to its use were more favorable compared to heterosexuals. Sexual orientation predicted to use condoms in 90% of sex. Results suggest that sexual preference have an effect on sexual risk taking. 


adolescence, sexual behavior, sexual orientation, condom, STI, HIV



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