The relationship between pregnancy and sexual risk taking

T. E. Wilson, H. Minkoff, S. McCalla, C. Petterkin, J. Jaccard

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We attempted to determine whether risks of acquiring sexually transmitted diseases differ between pregnant and nonpregnant women. STUDY DESIGN: Women attending clinics in Brooklyn (332 pregnant and 1069 nonpregnant) were interviewed and tested for Trichomonas vaginalis and Chlamydia trachomatis. Independent-sample t tests were conducted via SPSSX (SPSS Inc., Chicago) to assess differences in risk behavior across pregnancy status. RESULTS: In the pregnant sample 17.2% had positive test results for chlamydia and 23.4% had T. vaginalis. In the nonpregnant women the rates were 10.9% and 17.7%, respectively (p < 0.01). Pregnant respondents used condoms less consistently than nonpregnant women (p < 0.01). Although nonpregnant women reported a higher frequency of sexual activity and more sexual partners in the previous month, the strength of those relationships was weak. CONCLUSION: We have found that pregnancy does not represent a time of reduced sexual risks. The differences in self-reported risk, with the exception of consistency of condom use, all showed very weak indexes of strength. Providers of obstetric services should incorporate 'safer sex' messages into routine prenatal care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1033-1036
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume174
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

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Risk-Taking
Trichomonas vaginalis
Pregnancy
Condoms
Safe Sex
Prenatal Care
Chlamydia
Sexual Partners
Chlamydia trachomatis
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexual Behavior
Obstetrics
Pregnant Women

Keywords

  • acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • human immunodeficiency virus
  • Pregnancy
  • sex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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The relationship between pregnancy and sexual risk taking. / Wilson, T. E.; Minkoff, H.; McCalla, S.; Petterkin, C.; Jaccard, J.

In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 174, No. 3, 1996, p. 1033-1036.

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Wilson, T. E. ; Minkoff, H. ; McCalla, S. ; Petterkin, C. ; Jaccard, J. / The relationship between pregnancy and sexual risk taking. In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1996 ; Vol. 174, No. 3. pp. 1033-1036.
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