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Sexual Abuse May Put Boys at Risk for Unsafe Sex

April 19, 2012
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Multiple partners, teen pregnancies more likely among boys were victimized by sexual abuse, surveys show

TUESDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) — Male teens who were sexually abused are more likely to have unsafe sex, a new study finds.

University of British Columbia researchers analyzed data from more than 40,000 American and Canadian male high school students who were surveyed between 1986 and 2011.

Compared to those with no history of sexual abuse, young males who were sexually abused were five times more likely to cause teen pregnancy, three times more likely to have multiple sexual partners and two times more likely to have unprotected sex, according to the study published online and in the June print issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

“As far as we know, this is the first study to explore the strength of the effects of sexual abuse on boys’ sexual behavior,” lead author Yuko Homma, a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing, said in a university news release. “Our findings show that boys are also vulnerable to the traumatic effects of sexual abuse, which can lead to sexually transmitted infections or teen pregnancy.”

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