The number of new sexual partners per year (partner frequency) is a key factor in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Data from two Norwegian population-based surveys conducted in 1987 and 1992 were used to estimate recent (in the previous 3 years) and earlier partner frequency and to examine covariates affecting the distribution of partner frequency.
Seventy-two percent of respondents reported having no new partners per year, and 2% reported having more than three new partners per year.
Results from a Poisson regression model indicated that a low partner frequency was associated with being married or cohabiting, being female, greater age, and late sexual debut.
Partner frequency was lower in 1992 than in 1987 (rate ratio=0.8,95% confidence interval 0.7-0.9).
In comparison with earlier life, there was a large reduction in partner frequency for married/cohabiting individuals.
In contrast, there was either no change or some increase in partner frequency for single persons.
Mots-clés Pascal : Maladie sexuellement transmissible, Comportement sexuel, Partenaire sexuel, Nombre, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Homme, Norvège, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexually transmitted disease, Sexual behavior, Sex partner, Number, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Human, Norway, Europe
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0288676
Code Inist : 002B05A02. Création : 15/07/1997.