Journal Article

Correlates of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Risk Behavior in Male Attendees of a Clinic for Sexually Transmitted Disease

Richard A. Jenkins, Pamela R. Jenkins, Ellen D. Nannis, Kelly T. McKee and Lydia R. Temoshok

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 30, issue 4, pages 723-729
Published in print April 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/313744
Correlates of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Risk Behavior in Male Attendees of a Clinic for Sexually Transmitted Disease

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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection risk behavior was evaluated in a cross-sectional survey of 400 male active-duty US Army personnel who presented at a sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic with symptoms of acute urethritis. High-risk partners were common, and nearly one-quarter of the sample had previously had STDs. Logistic regression models examined correlates of HIV exposure risk, of inconsistent condom use, and of having partners with increased risk of HIV infection. Frequent partner turnover, sex “bingeing,” negative attitudes toward condom use, and engaging in sex during military leaves were important correlates of risk. Individuals with HIV infection risk behavior generally were cognizant of their risk for HIV infection. Implications for intervention are discussed.

Journal Article.  4477 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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