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Childhood Sexual Abuse and Risk Behaviors Among Men at High Risk for HIV Infection

Susan S. Witte; Nabila El-Bassel; NIMH Multisite HIV Prevention Trial Group

Title:
Childhood Sexual Abuse and Risk Behaviors Among Men at High Risk for HIV Infection
Author(s):
Witte, Susan S.
El-Bassel, Nabila
NIMH Multisite HIV Prevention Trial Group
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department:
Social Work
Volume:
92
Permanent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
American Journal of Public Health
Abstract:
Objectives: This study examined the association between unwanted sexual activity during childhood and risky behaviors among a sample of predominantly African American and Hispanic men. Methods: Data were obtained from baseline interviews completed by 2676 men enrolled in a multisite HIV prevention trial. Results: Approximately 25% of the men reported unwanted or uninvited sexual activity before 13 years of age, with Hispanic men more likely than African American men to report unwanted sexual activity during childhood. Men with a history of unwanted sexual activity during childhood were more likely to report unwanted sexual activity since age 13, the buying and selling of sex, problems with alcohol, and drug use. Men who reported unwanted sexual activity during childhood also reported a significantly greater frequency of unprotected sexual acts and more partners. Conclusions: Among men at high risk for HIV infection, unwanted sexual activity during childhood is more widespread than previously described and can increase the risk of participating in harmful health practices during adulthood, including risky sexual behaviors.
Subject(s):
Behavioral sciences
Public health
Publisher DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.92.2.214
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