The aim of the study is to examine the protective behavioural strategies used by college students in response to high levels of HIV infection, with a particular emphasis on ethnic variations. The data for the study are drawn largely from self-completed questionnaires among college students in Durban. The results suggest that abstinence is most common protective factor among Indian and white students. However, among African students, abstinence is less common, particularly for men, despite the fact that concern about HIV is high in this group. Among the sexually active, the majority have more than one sexual partner. However, condom use among all sexually active students is high. Almost 70% reported using condoms at last sexual intercourse but consistent use remains elusive.
AIDS Care (2008) 20 (7) 838 - 841 [DOI:10.1080/09540120701742284]