Predicting Adolescents' Longitudinal Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infection

Carol A. Ford, Brian Wells Pence, William C. Miller, Michael D. Resnick, Linda H. Bearinger, Sandy Pettingell, Myron Cohen
2005 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine  
Influencing adolescents' sexual behaviors has the potential to influence trajectories of risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young adults. Objective: To determine whether family, school, and individual factors associated with increased duration of virginity also protect against STIs in young adulthood. Design: Prospective cohort study. Wave I of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health occurred in 1995 when participants were in grades 7 through 12. Six years later,
more » ... 2. Six years later, all wave I participants who could be located were invited to participate in wave III and provide a urine specimen for STI testing.
doi:10.1001/archpedi.159.7.657 pmid:15997000 fatcat:jvogxt7f3nc7dngee6cwyoaqbq