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Sexual behaviour 

Sexual behaviour

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Sexual behaviour
Author(s):

Anne M. Johnson

and Catherine H. Mercer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0802

May 30, 2013: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 23 August 2017

Discussion of sexual lifestyle and the ability to take a sexual history are relevant to a wide range of clinical practice. Most of the population is attracted to, and has sex, exclusively with people of the opposite sex. The age at which people first have sex has decreased in recent decades, increasing the time available to accumulate sexual partners and thus be at risk of STIs, including HIV. While many people have few partners, a small proportion of the population has many....

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