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Am J Public Health. 1995 Nov;85(11):1549-52.

HIV seroprevalence and risk behaviors among lesbians and bisexual women in San Francisco and Berkeley, California.

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AIDS Office, San Francisco Department of Public Health, CA 94102, USA.

Abstract

Few data are available on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and risk behaviors among lesbians and bisexual women. A total of 498 lesbians and bisexual women was sampled from public venues in San Francisco and Berkeley, Calif, during 1993. The overall HIV seroprevalence was 1.2%. Ten percent of participants reported injecting drugs since 1978. Forty percent of the participants reported unprotected vaginal or anal sex with men during the past 3 years, including unprotected sex with gay and bisexual men and male injection drug users. The high rates of injection drug use and unsafe sexual behaviors suggest that lesbians and bisexual women frequenting public venues in San Francisco and Berkeley are at risk for HIV infection.

PMID:
7485670
PMCID:
PMC1615696
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.85.11.1549
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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