AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 1119–1128

Intentional Abstinence Among Homeless and Unstably Housed Persons Living with HIV/AIDS

  • Cari Courtenay-Quirk
  • Jun Zhang
  • Richard J. Wolitski
Original Paper

Abstract

Some persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) engage in periods of sexual abstinence. Baseline data from a larger study of homeless/unstably housed PLWHA indicated that 20% (125/644) intentionally abstained from sex in the past 90 days. Reasons included: (1) ‘not interested’ (n = 78); (2) did not want to infect someone (n = 46); and (3) did not have a partner (n = 37). Abstinence was less likely among all who had a main partner. Among men who have sex with men (MSM), abstinence was less likely among those with a detectable viral load. It was more likely among heterosexual men who were experiencing current housing problems and who had at least a high school education. Among women, abstinence was less likely among African Americans and those whose social networks were more aware of their HIV status. Better understanding of motivations to abstain may improve how programs serving PLWHA address this issue.

Keywords

HIV infection Sexual behavior Abstinence Homelessness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cari Courtenay-Quirk
    • 1
  • Jun Zhang
    • 2
  • Richard J. Wolitski
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of HIV/AIDS PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Business Computer ApplicationsAtlantaUSA

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