Title

AIDS Susceptibility in a Migrant Population: Perception and Behavior

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

1-1-1999

Abstract

Within the framework of the Health Belief Model, this paper examines correlates of perception of AIDS susceptibility among 846 drug-using migrant farm workers and their sex partners. Significant but relatively small differences by ethnicity and gender were found. The data showed a consistent significant statistical relationship between frequency of drug use, high- risk sexual behavior, and perception of AIDS susceptibility. Perception of AIDS susceptibility was significantly related to a subsequent reduction in sexual risk behaviors. Consistent with the Health Belief Model, the data suggest that increasing perception of AIDS susceptibility may be an important motivator in reducing high-risk behaviors.

Journal Title

Substance Use and Misuse

Volume

34

Issue

4-5

First Page

633

Last Page

652

DOI

10.3109/10826089909037235

First Department

Behavioral Sciences

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