AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 87–91 | Cite as

HIV Risk Behaviors in Heterosexual Partnerships: Female Knowledge and Male Behavior

  • Yea-Hung Chen
  • H. Fisher Raymond
  • Willi McFarland
  • Hong-Ha M. Truong
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Abstract

We initiated a study of high-risk heterosexual females and their male partners. The goal was to characterize the partnerships, quantify the prevalence of high-risk male behaviors and characteristics, and to assess whether females in these partnerships would be able to accurately and consistently describe their partners’ risk conditions. Seventy-four percent (73.6%) of partnerships reported frequent unprotected sex (condom use during fewer than half their sexual encounters) and 55.9% reported frequent drug or alcohol use during sex (drug or alcohol use during more than half their sexual encounters). Two-thirds (66.7%) of men reported concurrent sexual partnerships and 40.8% reported a history of STDs. The women’s assessments of their partners' behaviors often differed from the behaviors and characteristics reported by the women’s male partners.

Keywords

Heterosexual partnerships High-risk behavior Sexually transmitted disease Risk awareness 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was supported by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U62/CCU923549).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yea-Hung Chen
    • 1
  • H. Fisher Raymond
    • 1
  • Willi McFarland
    • 1
  • Hong-Ha M. Truong
    • 2
  1. 1.HIV Epidemiology Section, San Francisco Department of Public HealthSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Center for AIDS Prevention StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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