Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
versión impresa ISSN 0037-8682
TAQUETTE, Stella R.; VILHENA, Marília Mello de y PAULA, Mariana Campos de. Sexually transmitted diseases in adolescence: study of risk factors. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2004, vol.37, n.3, pp. 210-214. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822004000300003.
Sexually transmitted diseases are frequent in adolescence and facilitates HIV contamination. The early age limit of the first sexual intercourse, the diversity of partners, the habit of not using condoms and illicit drug abuse are pointed out as risk factors for sexual transmitted disease. We interviewed 356 adolescents who sought medical attendance at the Adolescent Health Study Center of The State University of Rio de Janeiro between August/2001 and July/2002 regarding their sexuality and to identify risk behaviors. Periodical analysis and chi-square tests were performed on the collected data. We observed statistically significant correlations between Sexual transmitted diseases and the variables of: slow learning, alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, sexual abuse and the habit of not using condoms during sexual intercourse. The results indicate multiple Sexually transmitted disease risk behaviors in adolescence, and the failure to use condoms is the factor which is most possibly influenced by programs run by health workers.
Palabras clave : Sex; Adolescence; Sexually transmitted diseases-AIDS; Prevention and Control.