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Older adolescents discussed sexual behaviour with partners after trust had been built

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Question How do older adolescents perceive communication with their partners about sexual risk behaviour (multiple partners; sexual intercourse without condoms; or sexual intercourse with partners who have HIV infection, have a sexually transmitted disease [STD], or who use or have used intravenous drugs)?


Grounded theory.


A public university in south east US.


32 single adolescents (mean age 19 y, 56% women, 72% white, and mean age at first intercourse 17 y) who had never been pregnant or fathered a child and had had sexual intercourse.


A semistructured interview by a researcher of the same sex dealt with perceptions of decisions to have sexual intercourse and discussions with partners about birth control, previous …

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