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Psychosocial and Cultural Factors Related to Risky Sexual Behavior Leading to HIV/AIDS

Levent Kıylıoğlu, Ali Dönmez.

Starting from adolescence, importance of sexuality increases in the lives of young people. When done without necessary prevention measures, sexuality may lead to deadly infections in health. Of them, perhaps the most important is HIV/AIDS. Although resulting from sexual behavior the probability of HIV transmission is low, AIDS can be deadly. The aim of this study is to review psycho-social and cultural factors claimed to explain and related with risky sexual behavior that can lead to HIV/AIDS. These factors are gender roles, religiosity, sexual sensation seeking, self-efficacy for AIDS prevention, and HIV/AIDS knowledge.

Key words: HIV/AIDS, risk, sexual behavior

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