Risky sexual behavior, perceived risk of HIV infection and emotional distress among university students, case study of Makerere University, Kampala
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The majority of today’s university students engage in risky sexual behavior and these risky sexual behaviors may include inconsistent condom use, multiple sexual partners, early initiation of sexual intercourse and many others. These expose them to risk of HIV infection, STD’S and unwanted pregnancies, which later impacts their emotional well-being due to worries brought by their perceived risk of HIV infection and fear of being infected with HIV/AIDS. The study sought to establish the relationship between risky sexual behavior, perceived risk of HIV infection and emotional distress among university students. The study was conducted at Makerere University in Kampala district. The sample comprised of 179 Makerere University students aged 18 years and above who were sexually active. We used a random sampling technique and adapted standardized self administered questionnaires that were quantitative in nature. Data was analysed using statistical Package for Social Scientists(SPSS) and we used Pearson (r)product correlation coefficient to establish the significance of the relationships between risky sexual behavior, perceived risk of HIV infection and emotional distress.