ERIC Number: EJ1084531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
College Students' Perceptions of and Experiences with Human Papillomavirus and Herpes: Implications for College Sexual Health Education
Hirschler, Christopher; Hope, Andrea; Myers, Jaime L.
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v10 n4 p298-315 2015
Sexually transmitted infections spread through skin-to-skin contact represent unique prevention challenges. This study examines how college students perceive safer sex practices with respect to human papillomavirus (HPV) and herpes. Qualitative and quantitative data (n = 275) were collected using an online questionnaire. College students' responses indicated that they believe sexually transmitted infection prevention strategies offer more protection against HPV and herpes than is evident in the literature. Students' misunderstandings negatively impact coping and increases stigma. Educational strategies designed to highlight the nuances of safer sex with respect to skin-to-skin transmission of HPV and herpes are discussed.
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Health Behavior, Prevention, Questionnaires, Internet, Coping, Sexuality, Misconceptions, Knowledge Level, Sex Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A