Sexual risk behaviors in late middle age and older HIV seropositive adults

Lourdes Illa, Andrew Brickman, Gilbert Saint-Jean, Maria Echenique, Lisa Metsch, Carl Eisdorfer, Victoria Bustamante-Avellaneda, Mario Sanchez-Martinez

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Abstract

Little is known about the sexual behaviors of older adults, although the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is rapidly increasing in this population. As part of a larger multi-site study examining secondary HIV prevention, we recruited from an HIV primary care clinic 210 sexually active HIV positive individuals aged 45 and over (125 men, 85 women) who had engaged in vaginal or anal sex within the past six months. Twenty percent of the participants reported inconsistent use of condoms and 33% had multiple sexual partners during the previous six months. Negative mood and perceived HIV stigma were associated with inconsistent condom use. In addition, multiple sex partners and higher level of education were related to inconsistent condom use during sex with partners of negative or unknown serostatus. These findings indicate that contrary to current beliefs, sexually active older adults, similar to younger ones, may be engaging in high risk transmission behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-942
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

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Risk-Taking
Sexual Behavior
HIV
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Secondary Prevention
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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
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Keywords

  • AIDS
  • High risk sexual behaviors
  • HIV
  • Older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Social Psychology

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Illa, L., Brickman, A., Saint-Jean, G., Echenique, M., Metsch, L., Eisdorfer, C., ... Sanchez-Martinez, M. (2008). Sexual risk behaviors in late middle age and older HIV seropositive adults. AIDS and Behavior, 12(6), 935-942. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-008-9370-8

Sexual risk behaviors in late middle age and older HIV seropositive adults. / Illa, Lourdes; Brickman, Andrew; Saint-Jean, Gilbert; Echenique, Maria; Metsch, Lisa; Eisdorfer, Carl; Bustamante-Avellaneda, Victoria; Sanchez-Martinez, Mario.

In: AIDS and Behavior, Vol. 12, No. 6, 01.11.2008, p. 935-942.

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Illa, L, Brickman, A, Saint-Jean, G, Echenique, M, Metsch, L, Eisdorfer, C, Bustamante-Avellaneda, V & Sanchez-Martinez, M 2008, 'Sexual risk behaviors in late middle age and older HIV seropositive adults', AIDS and Behavior, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 935-942. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-008-9370-8
Illa, Lourdes ; Brickman, Andrew ; Saint-Jean, Gilbert ; Echenique, Maria ; Metsch, Lisa ; Eisdorfer, Carl ; Bustamante-Avellaneda, Victoria ; Sanchez-Martinez, Mario. / Sexual risk behaviors in late middle age and older HIV seropositive adults. In: AIDS and Behavior. 2008 ; Vol. 12, No. 6. pp. 935-942.
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