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Intimate partner violence and other partner-related factors: correlates of sexually transmissible infections and risky sexual behaviours among young adult African American women.
Sex Health. 2010 Mar; 7(1):25-30.SH

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Intimate partner violence and other partner-related factors have been associated with acquiring sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and engaging in risky sexual behaviour. The present study examined partner-related risk factors for STIs and risky sexual behaviours among an urban sample of African American women.

METHODS

African American women, between 18 and 29 years (n = 848), participated in the study at baseline. Participants completed a 40-min Audio Computer Assisted Survey Interview assessing sociodemographics, partner-related factors and HIV/STI-associated sexual risk behaviours. Subsequently, participants provided two vaginal swab specimens for STIs.

RESULTS

The findings indicated that risky sexual behaviours and STIs were prevalent in this sample: 35.6% reported a risky sexual partner, 65.4% reported inconsistent condom use and 17% tested positive for a laboratory-confirmed STI. Women reporting a history of intimate partner violence were more likely to report risky sexual partners (adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 2.00; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.5-2.8), inconsistent condom use (AOR = 1.60; 95% CI = 1.1-2.3) and test positive for an STI (AOR = 1.46; 95% CI = 0.99-2.1). Women reporting high partner-related barriers to condom use were more likely to report risky sexual partners (AOR = 1.69; 95% CI = 1.2-2.3), inconsistent condom use (AOR = 2.13; 95% CI = 1.5-3.0) and test positive for an STI (AOR = 1.98; 95% CI = 1.3-3.0). Finally, women with older partners were more likely to report risky sexual partners (AOR = 1.53; 95% CI = 1.1-2.1) and test positive for an STI (AOR = 1.46; 95% CI = 1.0-2.2).

CONCLUSIONS

This study examines partner-related risk factors for STIs and risky sexual behaviours among African American women. These findings underscore the need for combined intimate partner violence and HIV/STI prevention programs for this disproportionately affected high-risk group.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA. pseth@cdc.govNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20152092

Citation

Seth, Puja, et al. "Intimate Partner Violence and Other Partner-related Factors: Correlates of Sexually Transmissible Infections and Risky Sexual Behaviours Among Young Adult African American Women." Sexual Health, vol. 7, no. 1, 2010, pp. 25-30.
Seth P, Raiford JL, Robinson LS, et al. Intimate partner violence and other partner-related factors: correlates of sexually transmissible infections and risky sexual behaviours among young adult African American women. Sex Health. 2010;7(1):25-30.
Seth, P., Raiford, J. L., Robinson, L. S., Wingood, G. M., & Diclemente, R. J. (2010). Intimate partner violence and other partner-related factors: correlates of sexually transmissible infections and risky sexual behaviours among young adult African American women. Sexual Health, 7(1), 25-30. https://doi.org/10.1071/SH08075
Seth P, et al. Intimate Partner Violence and Other Partner-related Factors: Correlates of Sexually Transmissible Infections and Risky Sexual Behaviours Among Young Adult African American Women. Sex Health. 2010;7(1):25-30. PubMed PMID: 20152092.
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