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01.12.2010 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 6/2010

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 6/2010

Low Risk Sexual and Drug-Using Behaviors Among Latina Women with AIDS in Los Angeles County

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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health > Ausgabe 6/2010
Autoren:
Amy Rock Wohl, Wendy Garland, Susan Cheng, Bhrett Lash, Denise F. Johnson, Douglas Frye

Abstract

Latina women represent nearly half of all females diagnosed with AIDS in Los Angeles County, yet little is known about their risk behaviors compared to women of other race/ethnicities. Compared to white and African American women with AIDS, Latinas with AIDS had fewer lifetime male sexual partners (P < .0001); reported fewer sexually transmitted diseases (OR = 0.24; 95% CI: 0.1, 0.5); were less likely to trade sex for drugs/money (OR = 0.18; 95% CI: 0.07, 0.5); and were less likely to report exposure to HIV via injection drug use (OR = 0.3; 95% CI: 0.09, 0.99). Latinas were also more likely to be single mothers (OR = 3.02; 95% CI: 1.4, 6.4); less likely to receive public assistance (OR = 0.33; 95% CI: 0.16, 0.70); were less likely to have completed high-school (OR = 0.11; 95% CI: .04, .31) and were more likely to never have had health insurance (OR = 2.44; 95% CI: 1.15, 5.18). The data demonstrate low-risk behaviors for Latinas and underscores the challenge of delivering effective HIV prevention to women without traditional risk profiles.

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