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Continued high-risk sexual behaviour among HIV-positive people in Wales

Browning, Mary R., Evans, Meirion Rhys and Rees, Clive M. 2003. Continued high-risk sexual behaviour among HIV-positive people in Wales. International Journal of STD & AIDS 14 (11) , pp. 737-739. 10.1258/09564620360719769

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Abstract

The study objective was to investigate self-reported sexual practices among HIV-positive people in Wales in order to estimate the extent of unprotected sex and to develop services that assist positive people reduce the risk of sexual spread of HIV. A cross-sectional postal questionnaire survey was conducted between February and July 1999 at all open-access HIV outpatient facilities in Wales. All HIV-positive people attending during the study period were invited to enrol in the study. Data were obtained on 104/141 (74%) enrolled patients including 70 (67%) homo/bisexual men. Most (79/104, 76%) were sexually active and 42% (33/79) had casual partners. One in six (13/79, 16.5%) sexually active people reported unprotected high-risk sex with HIVnegative or unknown status partners, the majority (9/13, 69%) of whom were male homosexuals. It is important that health professionals specifically address issues of sexual behaviour with HIV positive people during consultation. A renewed safer sex campaign targeting men who have sex with men is urgently needed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine Press
ISSN: 0956-4624
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 02:32
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/66735

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