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Am J Mens Health. 2013 Sep;7(5):374-81. doi: 10.1177/1557988312471842. Epub 2013 Jan 7.

Racial differences in sexual dysfunction among postdeployed Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

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Houston VA HSR&D Center of Excellence, Houston, TX 77030, USA. monawarhosain@gmail.com

Abstract

This study examined the racial/ethnic differences in prevalence and risk factors of sexual dysfunction among postdeployed Iraqi/Afghanistan veterans. A total of 3,962 recently deployed veterans were recruited from Houston Veterans Affairs medical center. The authors examined sociodemographic, medical, mental-health, and lifestyle-related variables. Sexual dysfunction was diagnosed by ICD9-CM code and/or medicines prescribed for sexual dysfunction. Analyses included chi-square, analysis of variance, and multivariate logistic regression. Sexual dysfunction was observed 4.7% in Whites, 7.9% in African Americans, and 6.3% in Hispanics. Age, marital status, smoking, and hypertension were risk factors for Whites, whereas age, marital status, posttraumatic stress disorder and hypertension were significant for African Americans. For Hispanics, only age and posttraumatic stress disorder were significant. This study identified that risk factors of sexual dysfunction varied by race/ethnicity. All postdeployed veterans should be screened; and psychosocial support and educational materials should address race/ethnicity-specific risk factors.

KEYWORDS:

postdeployment; race/ethnicity; sexual dysfunction; veterans

PMID:
23300201
PMCID:
PMC4415357
DOI:
10.1177/1557988312471842
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