Sex Transm Dis. 1998 Oct;25(9):483-8. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Risk-taking behaviors differ among women and
men injection drug users (IDU). GOAL: To specify the nature of sexual
and drug risk-taking among women IDU and ex-IDU and how it relates to
partner characteristics. DESIGN: A cross-sectional analysis of 324 HIV+
subjects enrolled into a prospective cohort study in Marseille, France.
RESULTS: Women, as compared with men, were considerably more likely to
report nonuse of condoms with a main partner (31% versus 12%). They were
more likely to shoot with a partner at last injection (39% versus 12%),
but far less likely to sterilize used needles (4% versus 16%). Two
thirds of both men and women reported consistent condom use with a
seronegative partner, but only 47% of men and 23% of women reported the
same with a seropositive partner. Among the women only, needle and
syringe sharing was associated with consistent use of a condom.
CONCLUSIONS: Women reported behaviors which protect their partners from
STD infection more frequently than behaviors which protect themselves.
Greater attention must be paid to sexual risk-taking among HIV+ women.
JOURNAL ARTICLE MULTICENTER STUDY Adult Condoms/UTILIZATION
Cross-Sectional Studies Female France Human HIV
Infections/*ETIOLOGY/*PREVENTION & CONTROL Male Needle Sharing
Prospective Studies *Risk-Taking Sex Factors Substance Abuse,
Intravenous/*COMPLICATIONS Support, Non-U.S. Gov't