HIV risk behaviors in heterosexual partnerships: Female knowledge and male behavior

Yea Hung Chen, Henry Raymond, Willi McFarland, Hong Ha M. Truong

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We initiated a study of high-risk heterosexual females and their male partners. The goal was to characterize the partnerships, quantify the prevalence of high-risk male behaviors and characteristics, and to assess whether females in these partnerships would be able to accurately and consistently describe their partners' risk conditions. Seventy-four percent (73.6%) of partnerships reported frequent unprotected sex (condom use during fewer than half their sexual encounters) and 55.9% reported frequent drug or alcohol use during sex (drug or alcohol use during more than half their sexual encounters). Two-thirds (66.7%) of men reported concurrent sexual partnerships and 40.8% reported a history of STDs. The women's assessments of their partners' behaviors often differed from the behaviors and characteristics reported by the women's male partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS and behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


  • Heterosexual partnerships
  • High-risk behavior
  • Risk awareness
  • Sexually transmitted disease

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