Correlates of Sex Trading among Drug-Involved Women in Committed Intimate Relationships: A Risk Profile

Tina Jiwatram-Negrón, Nabila El-Bassel

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Background: Despite a slight decline in new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections in New York, marked increases and concentrated epidemics continue among subsets of the population, including women engaged in sex trading. We examined the prevalence and correlates of sex trading among 346 low-income, HIV-negative women in HIV-concordant intimate relationships. Methods: Women and their long-term main partners were recruited to participate in an HIV prevention intervention. Baseline data were used in this article. Findings: Of the 346 women in the study, 28% reported sex trading during the prior 90days. Multivariate analyses showed increased relative risk of sex trading by lifetime experience of severe intimate partner violence (IPV), drug, and alcohol use, and marginal significance for mental health hospitalization, partner drug dependency, and homelessness. Conclusions: These findings suggest an urgent need for HIV prevention and intervention efforts targeted toward women in intimate relationships who trade sex for money or drugs, with an emphasis on IPV, mental health, history of incarceration, and substance abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-428
Number of pages9
JournalWomen's Health Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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