Sexual risk-taking following relationship break-ups

Caroline Moreau, Nathalie Beltzer, Michel Bozon, Nathalie Bajos

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Abstract

Background Changes in sexual behaviour over time have resulted in more frequent relationship break-ups, which carry specific sexual health challenges that we aim to explore in this study. Study design The data were drawn from the French sexual behaviour survey, comprising a random sample of 4,798 women and 4,045 men aged 18-44 years. Logistic regression models were used to describe the associations between recent relationship break-ups and reported sexually transmitted infections and abortions over the same period, and being tested positive for Chlamydia at the time of the survey. Results Respondents who had experienced a break-up in the last five years (32% of women and 35% of men among respondents who were sexually active in the last five years) were more likely to report an abortion during the same time period (9% vs.5%, p <0.001) and to be tested positive for Chlamydia at the time of interview (3% vs. 1%, p = 0.003), especially those aged 30-44. Women were less likely than men to have used a condom with a new partner after the separation (76% vs. 82%, p = 0.005), which suggests gender asymmetry in preventive issues following a break-up. Conclusions This study shows that relationship dissolution is associated with higher sexual risk taking, especially among middle-aged adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-99
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Risk-Taking
Chlamydia
Sexual Behavior
Logistic Models
Reproductive Health
Condoms
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Interviews
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Sexual risks
  • Sexually transmitted infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Reproductive Medicine

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Sexual risk-taking following relationship break-ups. / Moreau, Caroline; Beltzer, Nathalie; Bozon, Michel; Bajos, Nathalie.

In: European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, Vol. 16, No. 2, 04.2011, p. 95-99.

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Moreau, Caroline ; Beltzer, Nathalie ; Bozon, Michel ; Bajos, Nathalie. / Sexual risk-taking following relationship break-ups. In: European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care. 2011 ; Vol. 16, No. 2. pp. 95-99.
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