Predictors of HIV risk among hispanic farm workers in South Florida: Women are at higher risk than men

M. Isabel Fernández, Jose B. Collazo, Nilda Hernández, G. Stephen Bowen, Leah M. Varga, Christie Kibort Vila, Kristopher L. Arheart, Tatiana Perrino

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Abstract

This study examined factors associated with being at risk of sexually acquiring HIV among a community sample of 244 Hispanic migrant and seasonal farm workers. Bilingual staff interviewed respondents anonymously at worksites, camps, and other public venues in South Florida during the 2002 winter/spring growing season. The following variables were positively associated with being at risk of sexually acquiring HIV in multivariable analyses: being female being married having "some" or "a lot" of knowledge about HIV transmission, having ever used marijuana, having two or more sex partners in the last 12 months, and having had a sexually transmitted infection. The findings heighten the importance of recognizing women's elevated risk of HIV infection and conducting further studies to examine the factors associated with this increased risk. The study is an important first step toward developing tailored HIV prevention interventions for this at-risk, understudied population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-174
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

Keywords

  • farm workers
  • Hispanics
  • HIV risk practices
  • migrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Fernández, M. I., Collazo, J. B., Hernández, N., Bowen, G. S., Varga, L. M., Vila, C. K., Arheart, K. L., & Perrino, T. (2004). Predictors of HIV risk among hispanic farm workers in South Florida: Women are at higher risk than men. AIDS and Behavior, 8(2), 165-174. https://doi.org/10.1023/B:AIBE.0000030247.00140.62