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AIDS Behav. 2008 Sep;12(5):741-7. doi: 10.1007/s10461-008-9407-z. Epub 2008 May 20.

Behavior surveillance: prevalence and factors associated with high-risk sexual behavior among HIV-infected men in Brazil in the post-HAART era.

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Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Av. Prof. Alfredo Balena 190-10 andar, CEP 30130-100, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.


A cross-sectional analysis was conducted to describe unsafe sexual practices among HIV-infected men under care in two Brazilian urban areas. Data were collected by face-to-face interviews. Twenty-five percent practiced unprotected sex in the previous year, 16% were abstinent, 33% had sex with men only, 45% with women only, 48% had male/female stable partners, 84% were on HAART and 48% had AIDS. Illicit drug use, number of female partners, having stable partners, and STD diagnosis were associated with unsafe sex. Interventions to reduce risk taking behavior among HIV-positive men under care in these settings are urgent, especially among heterosexual stable couples.

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