Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 1104–1114 | Cite as

HIV Risk Behaviors Among Latina Women Tested for HIV in Florida by Country of Birth, 2012

  • Janelle Taveras
  • Mary Jo TrepkaEmail author
  • Hafiz Khan
  • Purnima Madhivanan
  • Erica L. Gollub
  • Jessy Devieux
Original Paper


Latina women in the United States (US) are disproportionately affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Data are limited on the risk differences in HIV among Latinas by country of birth. This paper describes the risk behaviors among Latina women tested for HIV at public sites in Florida. Multivariate logistic regression was used to assess the demographic characteristics associated with the report of specific risk behaviors. Results indicate that foreign-born Latina women were 54 % less likely to report partner risk [95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.40, 0.54] than US-born Latina women. Reported risk behaviors varied by race/ethnicity, US-born versus foreign-born status, and by Latina country of origin. Knowledge of these differences can aid in targeting HIV prevention messaging, program decision-making, and allocation of resources, corresponding to the central approach of High Impact Prevention and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.


Latinas Foreign-born HIV Risk behaviors High Impact Prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janelle Taveras
    • 1
  • Mary Jo Trepka
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hafiz Khan
    • 2
  • Purnima Madhivanan
    • 1
  • Erica L. Gollub
    • 1
  • Jessy Devieux
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biostatistics, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social WorkFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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