Truth or consequences: Dishonesty in dating and hiv/aids-related issues in a college-age population

Michael J. Stebleton, James H. Rothenberger

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This article examines the issue of dishonesty in dating among college students as it relates to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. The authors surveyed 171 undergraduates at a large mid western university in January 1991. They conducted an analysis by gender and found significant differences in responses of male and female students. Of those students involved in monogamous relationships, 36% of the men and 21 % of the women reported being sexually unfaithful to their current partner or to any of their previous partners. A greater percentage of women than of men inquired about past sexual histories before engaging in sexual activity. In addition, men admitted they had lied to their sexual partner or partners more often than did women. Because a large portion of HIV/AIDS and STD education involves teaching students to inquire about previous sexual histories, the results of this study should influence the direction and content of behaviorally focused educational programs. The authors also address implications for health educators and clinicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-54
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American College Health Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1993


  • Dishonesty in relationships
  • Monogamy
  • Sexual activity
  • Sexually unfaithful


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