Risky Sexual Behavior

Risky sexual behavior is commonly defined as behavior that increases one’s risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections and experiencing unintended pregnancies. They include having sex at an early age, having multiple sexual partners, having sex while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and unprotected sexual behaviors (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). 

Progress in preventing or reducing risky sexual behavior can be assessed by comparing survey results over time. Data on risky sexual behaviors can be collected monthly or quarterly, depending on the length of the program. If risky sexual behavior does not appear to be decreasing at the individual or aggregate level, program managers may want to assess problems related to program design, implementation, and quality.

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Surveys / Assessments


Source Cited

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance-United Sates, 2009. MMWR, 59 (No.SS-5):1-142. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5905a1.htm.