Drug and alcohol: high-risk sexual behavior

high-risk sexual behavior is defined as any behavior that increases the probability of negative consequences associated with sexual contact, including AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unplanned pregnancy. These behaviors are considered in two broad categories: (1) indiscriminate behaviors, including having multiple partners; having risky, casual or unknown partners; and failure to discuss risk topics prior to intercourse and (2) failure to take protective actions, such as use of condoms and birth control. Alcohol effects on the decision to have intercourse is also examined in that the occurrence of intercourse per se can be viewed as the ultimate root cause of sexual risk taking.(COOPER, 2002).