Body image and HIV risk among college students

Meghan M. Gillen, Charlotte N. Markey

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Objectives: To focus on the role of sex, race/ethnicity, and body image in HIV-protective behaviors. Methods: Undergraduates (N = 277; 53% women; M = 19.27 years old) from the United States completed a survey on HIV-related behaviors and body image (appearance orientation and appearance evaluation). Results: Women and African Americans/Blacks were more likely to have ever had an HIV test. African Americans/Blacks and individuals who had more positive evaluations of their appearance were more likely to have ever asked a partner's HIV status and to have asked a partner to get tested for HIV. Conclusions: Findings indicate low rates of HIV testing and communication with a partner about HIV, suggesting the importance of sexual health intervention and education programs for college students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)816-822
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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