Does the Internet Represent a Sexual Health Risk Environment for Young People? Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined sexual risk behaviors/outcomes among college students with online partners only, offline partners only, and both online/offline partners. Students with both online/offline partners were more likely to report sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, and more vaginal/oral sex partners. Sex with online partners was not riskier than sex with offline partners.


  • Buhi, Eric R
  • Cook, Robert L
  • Marhefka, Stephanie L
  • Blunt, Heather D
  • Wheldon, Christopher
  • Oberne, Alison B
  • Mullins, Jocelyn C
  • Dagne, Getachew A

publication date

  • January 2012