Predicting sexual risk and sexual health screening in a sample of university students in Lebanon: a cross-sectional study

Ismael Maatouk, Moubadda Assi, Rusi Jaspal

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The present study focuses on factors that predict sexual risk behaviors and sexual health screening behaviors in a sample of university students in Lebanon.

A convenience sample of 250 undergraduate students was recruited at a private university in Beirut, Lebanon.

Students completed measures of religiosity, psychological distress, contraceptives usage, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/sexually transmitted infections (STI) screening, and sexual risk behaviors.

Religiosity was negatively associated with a range of risky sexual behaviors whereas psychological distress was positively associated with these behaviors. Sex under the influence of alcohol/drugs, discussing methods of contraception, and engaging in sexual activities later regretted had significant effects on having had condomless vaginal sex. Gender (being female) and sex under the influence of alcohol had significant effects on STIs screening.

Interventions that focus on managing drug and alcohol use in students, unwanted pregnancy, religion, stigma related to screening, and sexual health education are recommended.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of American College Health
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2021

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  • Lebanon
  • religion
  • sexual health
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • university


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