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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and food insecurity are public health concerns in the United States (US) due to their growing prevalence and incidence among young people, and particularly in college students. Studies have reported that college students are at higher risk of STIs due to the high rates of risky sexual behavior (RSB). Most studies report a food insecurity prevalence of more than 30% among college students, which was more than twice the overall national food insecurity rate of 10.5% in 2020. This study aims to assess the relationship between food insecurity and RSB among college students during the early-stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was a cross-sectional study from a convenience sample of 320 students enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during the 2020 Fall semester. Data was collected using an online survey. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted.
Food insecure students were 2.9 times more likely to report receiving or giving fellatio without using a condom at least once in the past 6 months (P < 0.01) compared to food secure students. There was no significant association between food insecurity and other RSBs evaluated in this study.
The current study provides valuable information on food insecurity and RSB among college students during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Larger and longitudinal studies are needed to assess the trajectory of the association between food insecurity and fellatio with no condom use and other RSB among college students.
Food Insecurity; Risky Sexual Behaviors; College Students; Condom Use; Number of Sexual Partners
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Environmental Public Health | Public Health
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Food Insecurity and Risky Sexual Behaviors Among College Students During The COVID-19 Pandemic.
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