Sexual Behavior as a Risk Factor for Sexually Transmitted Disease

  • Sevgi O. Aral
Part of the Reproductive Biology book series (RBIO)


Sexuality is an important aspect of human behavior. It is central to people’s intimate personal lives and psychology. In addition, gender is a pivotal factor in personal identity; it determines the subjective experience of life and one’s options in life both biologically and socially. Sexuality is also of fundamental significance to society, since it is the mechanism of societal survival. Consequently, all cultures have well established, elaborate, and firm rules and norms regulating sexual behavior and all aspects of social conduct related to sexual behavior. The norms and values surrounding sexuality may vary greatly across cultures. What behaviors are allowed, who can have sexual intercourse with whom, to what extent sexuality is an appropriate subject matter for social discussion, and among which members of society are all specified by culture and tend to vary across societies. Yet, some behavioral proscriptions are similar across societies. For example, in many cultures, sexual unions between older men and younger women are acceptable, while unions between older women and younger men are not condoned. Similarly, in many societies, having multiple sex partners is an acceptable, even desirable behavior for men, while the same behavior is considered unacceptable for women.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Sexual Behavior Human Papilloma Virus Ectopic Pregnancy Chlamydia Trachomatis 
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  • Sevgi O. Aral
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  1. 1.Division of STD/HIV PreventionCenters for Disease ControlAtlantaUSA

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