Title

The Interrelationship Between Violence, HIV/AIDS, and Drug Use in Incarcerated Women

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Keywords

Drug use, HIV/AIDS, Violence, Women

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine how violence co-occurs with drug use and HIV/AIDS high-risk behaviors among women incarcerated for drug use. This study was a supplement to a larger, experimental study designed to reduce HIV/AIDS high-risk behaviors among incarcerated female drug users. The women who participated (N = 170) reported that violence was a major part of their lives and affected many of their behaviors. Among these 170 women, 26.6% used condoms for oral sex, 46.4% for vaginal intercourse, and 65% were either sexually or physically abused. Intimate partner abuse was reported by 33.9% of the women. About 16% reported forced sexual activity, and 17.5% feared their partners. Women who refused to give oral sex to their male partners and those who insisted on condom use during oral sex prior to jail were more likely to be sexually or physically abused (χ2 = 4.104; χ2 = 3.886, p < .05, respectively). Although statistically significant interrelationships were not found among the three variables, significant bivariate relationships were found between intimate violence and HIV/AIDS high-risk behaviors.

Journal Title

Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Volume

14

Issue

1

First Page

27

Last Page

40

DOI

10.1177/1055329002239188

First Department

Nursing

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