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Anti-retroviral Status and HIV Transmission Risk Behaviors are Associated with Age, Time Since Diagnosis, and Psychosocial Factors Among Women Living with HIV/AIDS Enrolling in the WILLOW Intervention at Community-Based Organizations.

Anti-retroviral Status and HIV Transmission Risk Behaviors are Associated with Age, Time Since Diagnosis, and Psychosocial Factors Among Women Living with HIV/AIDS Enrolling in the WILLOW Intervention at Community-Based Organizations.
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Williams WO, Griffin T, Uhl G,


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Williams WO, Griffin T, Uhl G,

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AIDS and behavior 2017 11 15() doi 10.1007/s10461-017-1967-3

Abstract

Safe sexual behaviors and anti-retroviral use help prevent HIV transmission. In this cross-sectional study, we assessed correlates of anti-retroviral (ART) status and transmission risk (a constructed variable) among a convenience sample of n = 1041 HIV-positive women (pre-intervention) enrolled in an evidence-based intervention at four CBOs. Multinomial logistic regression models were used. Younger women and those diagnosed with HIV in the last 5 years more often reported that they had not been prescribed ART. Self-reported non-adherence to ART was less frequently reported among women who were older, had a higher HIV knowledge, and those with attitudes/beliefs supportive of condom use. The highest-risk transmission group (condomless sex with HIV-negative/unknown partner and not prescribed or non-adherent to ART) was associated with younger age, attitudes/beliefs less supportive of condom use, and low self-efficacy discussing condom use. Our findings inform HIV prevention efforts among similar populations of HIV-positive women enrolled in interventions at CBOs.

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