Sexual Function in Younger and Older HIV+adults in the United States and Puerto Rico

Kathleen M. Nokes, Patrice K. Nicholas, Marta Rivero, María E. Rosa, Kenn Kirksey, Shahnaz Moezzi, Inge B. Corless, Mary Maryland, Suzanne Willard, Linda Robinson, Mary J. Hamilton, Elizabeth Sefcik, Dean Wantland, William L. Holzemer, Carmen Portillo

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Since HIV infection can be spread through sexual contact, it is important to understand how sexual behavior is expressed in different age groups. The purpose of this article was to conduct a secondary analysis of a multi-site study to explore sexual function in a sample of younger /older HIV+persons living in the United States (N=558) and Puerto Rico (N=98). Data were collected using a demographic survey and the Sexual Function subscale of the HIV Assessment Tool (HAT)-Quality of Life instrument. Independent sample t-tests found significant differences (p=.002) in sexual function for younger/adult HIV+person in the US but not in PR (p=.770). Regional variations in sexual function need to be explored in order to tailor the most effective primary and secondary HIV prevention messages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-345
Number of pages12
JournalAgeing International
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)


  • Aging with HIV/AIDS
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Sexual function


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