¿Qué significan los términos 'relaciones sexuales'? Definiciones y ejemplos proporcionados por jóvenes universitarios

Aims: The aim of this paper is to know what means for Spanish university students “sexual relations”, from a sexually transmitted infections prevention point of view. Method: Participants were seven hundred and fifty university students from 18 to 25 years (67.7% women; 65.5% between 18 and 21 years old) selected by multistage proportional sampling. They were asked to give a maximum of three free definitions or examples of “sexual relations”. They could use the language they feel more comfortable. An example of (vaginal sex) was provided and three blank spaces for answering were marked. Results: 23.5% of participants repeated the example provided (vaginal sex). The other answers were categorized in the following topics: euphemisms (42,3%), sex with penetration (40,3%), divagations (11,2%), sex without penetration (11,1%), anal sex (10,5%), oral sex (5,6%), masturbation (2,4%) and having an orgasm (1,5%). Conclusions: Young people’s meaning of “having sex” has become more diversified in the last years. These results must be useful in order to design future preventive campaigns ​
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