Sensation seeking, alcohol use, and sexual behaviours among sexually transmitted infection clinic patients in Cape Town, South Africa

SOURCE: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2006
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.C.Kalichman, L.C.Simbayi, S.E.Jooste, DCain, CCherry
KEYWORDS: ADOLESCENT BOYS, CAPE TOWN, HIV/AIDS PREVENTION, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR, SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 4575

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Abstract

Alcohol use is associated with risks for HIV/AIDS. The association between alcohol and sexual risk may be accounted for by sensation seeking personality. However, sensation seeking in relation to substance use and HIV risk has not been examined in Africa. In this study, 292 men and 219 women receiving sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnostic and treatment services in Cape Town, South Africa, completed anonymous behavioral surveys.