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Research Article

Sexual Sensation Seeking, Drug Use and Risky Sex among Detained Youth

Dexter R. Voisin1,2*, Kelly King1,2, John Schneider2,3, Ralph J. DiClemente2,4,5 and Kevin Tan1

1School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, USA

2STI/HIV Intervention Network, University of Chicago, USA

3Departments of Health Studies and Medicine, University of Chicago, USA

4Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, USA

5Emory Center for AIDS Research, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Dexter R. Voisin, Ph.D
School of Social Service Administration
University of Chicago, 969 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637, USA
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Received Date: May 08, 2012; Accepted Date: August 25, 2012; Published Date: August 29, 2012

Citation: Voisin DR, King K, Schneider J, DiClemente RJ, Tan K (2012) Sexual Sensation Seeking, Drug Use and Risky Sex among Detained Youth. J AIDS Clinic Res S1:017. doi:10.4172/2155-6113.S1-017

Copyright: © 2012 Voisin DR, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Sexual sensation seeking has been correlated with drug use and risky sex in a number of populations. However, these relationships have had limited examination among adolescents, and to date, have not been explored among detained youth, a group with some of the highest rates of illicit drug use and STIs. To better understand these relationships we utilized A-CASI to collect data on sociodemographics, risky peer norms, sexual sensation seeking, drug use and risky sexual behaviors among a sample of 550 detained youth. A series of multivariable regression models indicated that high sexual sensation seeking was associated with alcohol use for males and females; and ecstasy use for females only. Additionally, sexual sensation seeking for all participants was associated with higher rates of having sex while high on drugs; and having sex with a partner who was high on drugs. For males only, sexual sensation seeking was associated with having insertive anal sex and getting a girl pregnant unplanned. For females only, high sexual sensation seeking was associated with exchanging sex for money and drugs; having a higher number of sexual partners in the last two months; a lower percentage of condom use; and less consistent condom use. These data have important implications for STI/drug use prevention interventions among detained adolescents.

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