Reasons for unsafe sex among a community sample of people with HIV/AIDS

Laurie A. Smith, Thorn Reilly

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In a sample of 117 HIV positive men and women, 34 (29%) were identified as engaging in risky sexual behavior in the past six months and were asked for reasons they did so. Analysis using broad categories revealed that partner-related reasons and hedonistic reasons were the most frequent reasons overall (71%). More male (87%) than female (60%) responses were captured by those two categories. Differences by partner status, viral load and age were not as pronounced. Specific interventions and intervention frameworks are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-83
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • Partner-related sex
  • Unsafe sex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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