Author(s): Kalichman SC, Eaton L, Cherry C, Kalichman MO, Pope H,
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Abstract BACKGROUND: People living with HIV can be reinfected with a new viral strain resulting in potential treatment-resistant recombinant virus known as HIV super-infection. Individual's beliefs about the risks for HIV super-infection may have significant effects on the sexual behaviours of people living with HIV/AIDS. HIV super-infection beliefs and sexual behaviours among people living with HIV/AIDS were examined in the present study. METHODS: Three hundred and twenty men, 137 women, and 33 transgender persons completed confidential surveys in a community research setting. RESULTS: A majority of participants were aware of HIV super-infection and most believed it was harmful to their health. Hierarchical multiple regressions predicting protected anal/vaginal intercourse with same HIV status (seroconcordant) partners showed that older age and less alcohol use were associated with greater protected sex. In addition, HIV super-infection beliefs predicted protected sexual behaviour over and above participant age and alcohol use. CONCLUSIONS: Beliefs about HIV super-infection exert significant influence on sexual behaviours of people living with HIV/AIDS and should be targeted in HIV prevention messages for HIV infected persons.
This article was published in Sex Health
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy