AIDS and Behavior

, 12:670

Sexual Difficulties in People Living with HIV in France—Results from a Large Representative Sample of Outpatients Attending French Hospitals (ANRS-EN12-VESPA)

Authors

    • Health and Medical Research National Institute (INSERM)
    • Southeastern Health Regional Observatory (ORSPACA)
  • Marie Préau
    • Health and Medical Research National Institute (INSERM)
    • Southeastern Health Regional Observatory (ORSPACA)
    • Psychology DepartmentLABECD
  • Marie-Ange Schiltz
    • National Centre of Scientific Research (CAMS-CERMES-CNRS-EHESS)
  • Yolande Obadia
    • Health and Medical Research National Institute (INSERM)
    • Southeastern Health Regional Observatory (ORSPACA)
  • Bruno Spire
    • Health and Medical Research National Institute (INSERM)
    • Southeastern Health Regional Observatory (ORSPACA)
  • and the VESPA study group
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-007-9355-z

Cite this article as:
Bouhnik, A., Préau, M., Schiltz, M. et al. AIDS Behav (2008) 12: 670. doi:10.1007/s10461-007-9355-z

Abstract

We analysed sexual difficulties in a nationally representative sample of HIV-infected outpatients in France. Analyses were restricted to the 1,812 HIV-treated participants who reported at least one sexual partner during the 12 months prior to the study. The sample included 40.6% homosexual men and 24.4% women; 68.1% had a steady partner and 48.2% reported casual partners. Sexual difficulties were reported by 33.3% of the selected individuals and were more frequent in those with low sexual activity. Immuno-virological outcomes were not associated with sexual difficulties. After multiple adjustment for sexual frequency and antidepressant consumption, it was found that a larger HIV-network, reporting HIV-discrimination from friends and/or sexual partners, suffering from lipodystrophy and reporting very disturbing HIV-related symptoms were all significantly associated with sexual difficulties. HIV and HIV-treatment experience are associated with sexual difficulties. Psychological support focused on HIV-experience should be tested as a possible tool for improving sexual quality of life.

Keywords

Sexual difficultiesHIV/AIDSAntiretroviral therapy

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