Racial Sexual Mixing and Factors Associated with Condom Use Among Middle Eastern-Canadians
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Background: Interracial relationships in Canada have increased over the years. However, little research has focused on comparing STI/HIV risk and condom use between those in intra- and interracial relationships, specifically among Middle Eastern-Canadians. Methods: A web-based survey was administered to Middle Eastern-Canadians. Logistic regression analysis was used to assess factors associated with consistent condom use. Analyses were stratified by partner’s race (Middle Eastern or non-Middle Eastern). Results: The analysis sub-sample consisted of 92 participants. Factors associated with consistent condom use varied between the stratified groups. Among those with Middle Eastern partners, attitude towards marriage and the family and control in the relationship were associated with condom use. Among participants with non-Middle Eastern partners, acculturation and HIV knowledge were found to be associated with condom use. Discussion: Factors associated with condom use varied between Middle Eastern-Canadians in intra- and interracial relationships. These differences illustrate the need for tailored interventions aimed at increasing condom use among this racial group.
KeywordsCondoms Sexual behaviour Sexual risk Middle Easterners
This research was funded by the University of Waterloo/Social Science and Humanities Research Council (UW/SSHRC) Institutional Grant.
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