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Sex Health. 2013 Mar;10(1):64-73. doi: 10.1071/SH12104.

Sexual behaviour and sexual health of Australian prisoners.

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The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia. tbutler@kirby.unsw.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe prisoners' sexual experiences and sexual practices while in the community, sexual identities, and sexual health (e.g. self-reported exposure to sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and female reproductive outcomes) using data from the Sexual Health and Attitudes of Australian Prisoners (SHAAP) survey.

METHODS:

This study used a computer-assisted telephone interview to screen randomly selected prisoners using a questionnaire based on the Australian Study of Health and Relationships survey.

RESULTS:

2351 men and women prisoners from New South Wales and Queensland took part in the survey. Most men identified as heterosexual (95.7%) and reported sexual attraction (91.0%) and sexual experiences (86.6%) only with the opposite sex, but 28.5% of women prisoners identified as bisexual. Sexual attraction correlated with sexual experience (men: r=0.63; women: r=0.84) more than with sexual identity (men: r=0.53; women: r=0.54). Male prisoners reported more lifetime opposite-sex partners than women prisoners (median 24 v. 10). Women prisoners were more likely than men to report a prior STI (35.1% v. 20.0%).

CONCLUSIONS:

Prisoners are a high-risk group with regard to sexual health. There is a need for a better understanding of the sexual health of this population group so that education campaigns and interventions specific to this population group can be developed.

PMID:
23257020
DOI:
10.1071/SH12104
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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