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Sexual Behavior among Female Students Has Gradually Become More Risky

Monday, February 2, 2015 8:08 am EST

A 339-participant study indicates that sexual behavior among female university students in Sweden has gradually changed during the last 25 years, with behavior now appearing more risky than before.

In 1989, age at first intercourse was 17.6 years vs. 16.7 years in 2014, number of lifetime sexual partners was 4.0 vs. 12.1 in 2014, and number of sexual partners during the previous 12 months was 1.0 vs. 2.8 in 2014. Condom use during first intercourse with the latest partner decreased from 49% to 41% in the Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica study.

Stenhammar C, Ehrsson YT, Åkerud H, Larsson M, Tydén T. Sexual and contraceptive behavior among female university students in Sweden – repeated surveys over a 25-year period. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2015; DOI: 10.1111/aogs.12565

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