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Examining the Role of Serostatus Disclosure on Unprotected Sex among People Living with HIV


Przybyla, Sarahmona M.; Golin, Carol Elaine; Widman, Laura M.; Grodensky, Catherine A.; Earp, Jo Anne L.; & Suchindran, Chirayath M. (2014). Examining the Role of Serostatus Disclosure on Unprotected Sex among People Living with HIV. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 28(12), 677-684. PMCID: PMC4250938


Given the increasing prevalence of HIV, it is important to identify factors associated with safer sex behaviors between people living with HIV and their partners. Utilizing a diverse sample of 242 HIV-infected adults [n=69 men who have sex with men (MSM); n=68 men who have sex with women (MSW); n=105 women who have sex with men (WSM)], we examined the association between serostatus disclosure and unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse (UAVI) and the moderating effect of sexual behavior group on this association. Overall, 88.7% disclosed to their current partner. Approximately 18.8% of MSM, 17.7% of MSW, and 29.5% of WSM reported UAVI. Controlling for age, time since diagnosis, and partner serostatus, we found main effects on UAVI for disclosure and sexual behavior group; specifically, disclosure was inversely related to unprotected sex [AOR=0.09, 95% CI (0.02, 0.43), p<0.001], and MSM were less likely to engage in UAVI relative to WSM [AOR=0.11, 95% CI (0.17, 0.82), p<0.05]. However, the relationship between disclosure and UAVI was not moderated by sexual behavior group. Future strategies that aim to increase disclosure to partners may consider focusing on its value as a means by which to reduce sexual risk behavior.


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AIDS Patient Care and STDs


Przybyla, Sarahmona M.
Golin, Carol Elaine
Widman, Laura M.
Grodensky, Catherine A.
Earp, Jo Anne L.
Suchindran, Chirayath M.