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AIDS Behav. 2016 Jun;20(6):1208-18. doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1057-3.

Venues for Meeting Sex Partners and Partner HIV Risk Characteristics: HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN064) Women's HIV Seroincidence Study (ISIS).

Author information

1
Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB #7240, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7064, USA. mromanisler@med.unc.edu.
2
Department of Health Behavior, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
3
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research & Prevention (SCHARP), Seattle, WA, USA.
4
Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
5
Department of Epidemiology and Medicine, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.
6
FHI360, Durham, NC, USA.
7
Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
8
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, DC, USA.
9
Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
10
Prevention Sciences Program, DAIDS, NIAID, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA.
11
New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA.

Abstract

Identifying venues where women meet sexual partners, particular partners who increase women's risk of acquiring HIV, could inform prevention efforts. We categorized venues where women enrolled in HPTN 064 reported meeting their last three sex partners as: (1) Formal, (2) Public, (3) Private, and (4) Virtual spaces. We used multinomial logistic regression to assess the association between these venues and women's individual characteristics and reports of their partners' HIV risk characteristics. The 2099 women reported meeting 3991 partners, 51 % at Public, 30 % Private, 17 % Formal and 3 % at Virtual venues. Women meeting partners at Formal venues reported more education and condom use than women meeting partners at other venues. Fewer partners met through Formal venues had "high" risk characteristics for HIV than through other venues and hence may pose less risk of HIV transmission. HIV prevention interventions can help women choose partners with fewer risk characteristics across all venue types.

KEYWORDS:

HIV; Sexual partners; Sexual risk behavior; Venue; Women

PMID:
25863466
PMCID:
PMC5068222
DOI:
10.1007/s10461-015-1057-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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