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Dating Applications, Sexual Behaviors, and Attitudes of College Students in Brazil’s Legal Amazon

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Medicine Course, Universidade Federal do Tocantins, 77001-923 Palmas, Tocantins, Brazil
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Psychology Course, Faculdade Santa Maria, 589000-000 Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil
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Nurse Course, Universidade Federal do Tocantins, 77001-923 Palmas, Brazil
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Vector Molecular Biology Section, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD 20850, USA
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Medicine Course, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, 58900-000 Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(20), 7494; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207494
Received: 14 September 2020 / Revised: 8 October 2020 / Accepted: 11 October 2020 / Published: 15 October 2020
Although dating applications (apps) have become popular among young adults, there is a dearth of information regarding the sexual health implications among Brazilian college students. This study examined risky sexual behavior and attitudes of dating app users, based on their sex in Brazil’s Legal Amazon. Three hundred and fifty-nine students reported their sociodemographic data, dating app use, and sexual behaviors and attitudes through self-administered questionnaires. Bivariate analyses and analysis of variance (ANOVA) with Bonferroni post-hoc tests were performed. Dating app use was reported by 238 (66.3%) subjects, most of whom had an encounter and sex with a casual partner. Women frequently requested condom use. Trust in one’s partner or having repeated encounters were the main reasons for engaging in risky sexual behavior. Men had a greater number of sexual partners and less protective attitudes. Sexual health awareness by apps was not reported by 97% of women, and most of them were not tested for sexually transmitted infections. A positive attitude toward sexual health was not a predictor of safe sex. Important similarities and differences regarding risky sexual behaviors and attitudes were observed between the sexes, many of which correlated with increased sexual vulnerability during the sexual encounters arranged through the dating apps. This cross-sectional study supports efforts on sexual health promotion and sexual education implementation in the face of growing usage of apps among young adults for sexual matters. View Full-Text
Keywords: dating apps; sexual behaviors; attitude; college students; sexual health dating apps; sexual behaviors; attitude; college students; sexual health
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Tavares, M.K.B.; de Melo, R.L.P.; da Rocha, B.F.; Andrade, D.J.; Evangelista, D.R.; Peres, M.C.T.S.; Baldaçara, L.R.; DeSouza-Vieira, T.; Assis, E.V.; Silva, J.B.N.F. Dating Applications, Sexual Behaviors, and Attitudes of College Students in Brazil’s Legal Amazon. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7494. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207494

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Tavares MKB, de Melo RLP, da Rocha BF, Andrade DJ, Evangelista DR, Peres MCTS, Baldaçara LR, DeSouza-Vieira T, Assis EV, Silva JBNF. Dating Applications, Sexual Behaviors, and Attitudes of College Students in Brazil’s Legal Amazon. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(20):7494. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207494

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Tavares, Maycon K.B., Romulo L.P. de Melo, Bianca F. da Rocha, Débora J. Andrade, Danielle R. Evangelista, Márcia C.T.S. Peres, Leonardo R. Baldaçara, Thiago DeSouza-Vieira, Elisangela V. Assis, and José B.N.F. Silva 2020. "Dating Applications, Sexual Behaviors, and Attitudes of College Students in Brazil’s Legal Amazon" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 20: 7494. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207494

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