Factors Affecting Sexually Transmitted Infections in South Korean High School Students

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This study identified factors affecting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among high school students in South Korea.

Design and Sample:

This study was a secondary data analysis using data from the eighth annual Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey conducted in 2012. Data from 2,387 high school students who reported having sexual intercourse were analyzed using descriptive statistics, chi-square tests, and logistic regression by gender.


The survey questionnaire measured drug experience, Internet pornography preference, age at first intercourse, and method of contraception.


Overall, 7.2% of participants had experienced STIs. The common significant predictors of STIs in male and female students were drug experience, Internet pornography preference, and age at first intercourse. Contraceptive methods were statistically significant only for males; living arrangements and Internet usage were significant only for females.


Drug experiences, Internet pornography preference, and age at first intercourse were strong factors that affected both male and female students, suggesting the necessity to reinforce laws and regulations prohibiting drug use and pornography. Moreover, precise and detailed information on intercourse, sexual behaviors, and STIs offered by public health nurses should be officially provided starting in elementary school. For male students, the practice of condom use should be emphasized.

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