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The relative role of perceived partner risks in promoting condom use in a three-city sample of high-risk, low-income women.

  • Author(s): Ober, Allison J
  • Iguchi, Martin Y
  • Weiss, Robert E
  • Gorbach, Pamina M
  • Heimer, Robert
  • Ouellet, Lawrence J
  • Shoptaw, Steven
  • Anglin, M Douglas
  • Zule, William A
  • et al.
Abstract

We examined the effect of women's perceptions of sexual partner risks on condom use. Women from three US cities (n = 1,967) were recruited to provide data on HIV risks. In univariate models, increased odds of condom use were associated with perceiving that partners had concurrent partners and being unaware of partners': (a) HIV status, (b) bisexuality, (c) concurrency; and/or (d) injection drug use. In multivariate models, neither being unaware of the four partner risk factors nor perceiving a partner as being high risk was associated with condom use. Contextual factors associated with decreased odds of condom use were having sex with a main partner, homelessness in the past year, alcohol use during sex, and crack use in the past 30 days. Awareness of a partner's risks may not be sufficient for increasing condom use. Contextual factors, sex with a main partner in particular, decrease condom use despite awareness of partner risk factors.

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