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The purpose of this study was to clarify college students' perceptions of sexual beliefs, specifically attitudes toward safe sex practices, as they related to self esteem. A sample of 82 undergraduates (41 men) at a small liberal arts college completed questionnaires that included items on demographics, sexual beliefs and practices, and self-esteem. Our findings suggested that men and women with more sexual experience had more negative view toward beliefs and barrier method usage. Unexpectedly, these findings also suggested that self-esteem was unrelated to sexual beliefs in men and women. Findings supported the hypothesis that students reporting more sexual partners also reported more negative views towards beliefs and barrier method usage. Findings also suggest that people who reported greater numbers of sexual partners report lower usage of safe sex practices.