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Impact of Intimate Partner Forced Sex on HIV Risk Factors in Physically Abused African American and African Caribbean Women

TitleImpact of Intimate Partner Forced Sex on HIV Risk Factors in Physically Abused African American and African Caribbean Women
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsDraughon, JE, Lucea, MB, Campbell, JC, Paterno, MT, Bertrand, DR, Sharps, PW, Campbell, DW, Stockman, JK
JournalJ Immigr Minor Health
Volume17
Pagination1313-21
Date PublishedOct
ISBN Number1557-1912
Accession Number25248623
KeywordsSexual and Reproductive Health
Abstract

We examined associations between intimate partner forced sex (IPFS) and HIV sexual risk behaviors among physically abused Black women. Women aged 18-55 in intimate relationships were interviewed in health clinics in Baltimore, MD and St. Thomas and St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI). Of 426 physically abused women, 38 % experienced IPFS; (Baltimore = 44 and USVI = 116). USVI women experiencing IPFS were more likely to have 3+ past-year sex partners (AOR 2.06, 95 % CI 1.03-4.14), casual sex partners (AOR 2.71, 95 % CI 1.42-5.17), and concurrent sex partners (AOR 1.94, 95 % CI 1.01-3.73) compared to their counterparts. Baltimore women reporting IPFS were more likely to have exchanged sex (AOR 3.57, 95 % CI 1.19-10.75). Women experiencing IPFS were more likely to report their abuser having other sexual partners in Baltimore (AOR 3.30, 95 % CI 1.22-8.88) and USVI (AOR 2.03, 95 % CI 1.20-3.44). Clinicians should consider the influence of IPFS on individual and partnership HIV sexual risk behaviors.

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