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Digital Generation Students: Digital Media, Sexual Behavior, and Innovative Approaches to Improving Sexual Health

ByJASON D. P. BIRD, DEXTER R. VOISIN, AND BROOKE FISHER

This chapter focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) college students and their experiences with HIV (Human Immune deficiency Virus) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It focuses on individuals who identify as part of the LGBT community, as well as those who may engage in same-sex sexual behaviors but who may not comfortably identify as LGBT. LGBT student participants were more likely to be involved in the arts, music, and social activism, while heterosexual students were more likely to report using co-curricular resources offered by their residence hall. In attending to the unique experiences of LGBT college students, it is important to focus on development as well as larger socio-political experiences. The majority of HIV/STI prevention focuses on testing to assess whether individuals have HIV/STIs and to prevent further spread using education and safer sex practices. Therefore, it is important to develop prevention strategies that encourage regular testing by all members of the college community.