Correlates of sexual risk among sexual minority and heterosexual South African youths. Academic Article uri icon


  • We explored psychosocial correlates of sexual risk among heterosexual and sexual minority youths (SMYs) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Young people 16 to 18 years old (n = 822) were administered surveys assessing demographic characteristics, sexual behaviors, mental health, and parent-child communication. Adjusted multivariate regressions examining correlates of sexual risk revealed that SMYs had more sexual partners than heterosexual youths (B = 3.90; SE = 0.95; P < .001) and were more likely to engage in sex trading (OR = 3.11; CI = 1.12-8.62; P < .05). South African SMYs are at increased risk relative to their heterosexual peers.

published proceedings

  • Am J Public Health

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Thurston, I. B., Dietrich, J., Bogart, L. M., Otwombe, K. N., Sikkema, K. J., Nkala, B., & Gray, G. E.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Thurston, Idia B||Dietrich, Janan||Bogart, Laura M||Otwombe, Kennedy N||Sikkema, Kathleen J||Nkala, Busiswe||Gray, Glenda E

publication date

  • July 2014