AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 1401–1414

Correlates of HIV Knowledge and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Female Military Personnel

Authors

    • Institute of Community HealthUniversity of Houston, Texas Medical Center
    • The University of Texas School of Public Health
  • Emmanuel Monjok
    • Institute of Community HealthUniversity of Houston, Texas Medical Center
  • Hua Chen
    • Institute of Community HealthUniversity of Houston, Texas Medical Center
  • Susan Abughosh
    • Institute of Community HealthUniversity of Houston, Texas Medical Center
  • Ernest Ekong
    • Institute for Health Research and Development
  • Ronald J. Peters
    • The University of Texas School of Public Health
  • Laurens HolmesJr.
    • Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research
  • Marcia M. Holstad
    • Nell Hodgson School of NursingEmory University
  • Osaro Mgbere
    • Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-010-9701-4

Cite this article as:
Essien, E.J., Monjok, E., Chen, H. et al. AIDS Behav (2010) 14: 1401. doi:10.1007/s10461-010-9701-4

Abstract

Uniformed services personnel are at an increased risk of HIV infection. We examined the HIV/AIDS knowledge and sexual risk behaviors among female military personnel to determine the correlates of HIV risk behaviors in this population. The study used a cross-sectional design to examine HIV/AIDS knowledge and sexual risk behaviors in a sample of 346 females drawn from two military cantonments in Southwestern Nigeria. Data was collected between 2006 and 2008. Using bivariate analysis and multivariate logistic regression, HIV/AIDS knowledge and sexual behaviors were described in relation to socio-demographic characteristics of the participants. Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that level of education and knowing someone infected with HIV/AIDS were significant (P < 0.05) predictors of HIV knowledge in this sample. HIV prevention self-efficacy was significantly (P < 0.05) predicted by annual income and race/ethnicity. Condom use attitudes were also significantly (P < 0.05) associated with number of children, annual income, and number of sexual partners. Data indicates the importance of incorporating these predictor variables into intervention designs.

Keywords

HIV/AIDSRisk behaviorsMilitary personnelNigeria

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