Youth Living With HIV and Partner-Specific Risk for the Secondary Transmission of HIV

Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Sexually transmitted diseases (Impact Factor: 2.84). 08/2009; 36(7):439-44. DOI: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3181ad516c
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Background: Secondary transmission remains a significant concern among HIV-infected youth. Little is known, however, about how partner- specific sexual risk behaviors for the secondary transmission of HIV may differ between the 2 largest subgroups of HIV-positive youth, women- who-have-sex-with-men (WSM) and men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM), Methods: During 2003-2004, a convenience sample of HIV-in- fected youth, 13 to 24 years of age, were recruited from 15 Adolescent Medicine Trials Network clinical sites. Approximately 10 to 15 youth were recruited at each site. Participants completed an ACASI survey including questions about sex partners in the past year. Cross-sectional data analyses, including bivariate and multivariable regressions, using generalized estimating equations, were conducted during 2008 to compare recent partner-specific sexual risk behaviors between WSM and MSM. Results: Of 409 participants, 91% (371) were included in this analysis, including 176 WSM and 195 MSM. Ninety-two percent (163 WSM, 177 MSM) provided information on characteristics of their sexual partners. There were significant differences between the 2 Copyright © 2009 American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association All rights reserved.

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