Factors associated with risk behaviors for sexually transmitted disease/AIDS among urban Brazilian women: A population-based study

Mariângela F. Silveira, Jorge U. Béria, Bernardo L. Horta, Elaine Tomasi, Cesar G. Victora

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Abstract

Background: The proportion of women among persons with sexually transmitted disease (STD)/AIDS in Brazil is increasing rapidly, and studies are needed to understand risk behaviors. Goal: The goal of this study was to identify factors associated with risk behaviors for acquiring STD/AIDS among women aged 15 to 49 years in Pelotas, Brazil. Study Design: A representative sample of women was surveyed by means of interviewer-administered and self-administered confidential questionnaires. Of the women we sought to include, 3.5% refused and 1543 participated. Results: Risk behaviors included nonuse of condoms (72%); first intercourse before the age of 18 years (47%); use of drugs or alcohol by the partner (14%) or by the woman (7%); multiple partners (7%); and anal sex (3%). The risk score was significantly associated with being younger than age 30 years, having

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)536-541
Number of pages6
JournalSexually Transmitted Diseases
Volume29
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)

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