Smoking as a risk factor for STI diagnosis among African American females

Carla J. Berg, Julia E. Painter, Jessica M. Sales, Darren Mays, Eve Rose, Gina M. Wingood, Ralph J. DiClemente

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Objectives: To examine the relationship of smoking to sexual risk outcomes among African American adolescent females. Methods: We analyzed baseline data from an HIV intervention trial, including sexual risk (older sex partners, number of vaginal sex partners, sex while high on drugs/alcohol, STI diagnosis) and smoking status among 715 participants. Results: Smoking prevalence was 23.1%. Controlling for covariates, smoking predicted having older partners (P=.001), having sex while high on alcohol or drugs (P<.001), and STI diagnosis (P=.046), after including other sexual risk outcomes in the model. Conclusions: Smoking is an independent risk factor for sexual risk behaviors and STI diagnosis. Copyright (c) PNG Publications. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-512
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Adolescents
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Sexual risk
  • Sexually transmitted infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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