Condom use rates for specific sexual behaviors among opioid abusers entering treatment

Van L King, Robert K. Brooner, George E. Bigelow, Chester W. Schmidt, Linda J. Felch, Preston M. Gazaway

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Abstract

A structured interview was used to determine the details of high risk sexual behaviors, including number of sexual partners, frequency of condom use. and involvement in commercial sexual activity in 165 opioid abusers (mean age 34 years, 36% minority, 47% female) entering out-patient methadone substitution therapy. The median number of sexual partners in the sample was one, and 95% were sexually active in the past year. Most patients (84%) denied any commercial sexual activity and reported rates of monogamy and sexual abstinence (81%), and rates of condom use (15%), that were comparable with reports from general population surveys. However, intravenous drug abusers (IVDAs) remain at higher risk for exposure to HIV-1 because they are likelier to have sexual contact with other IVDAs and former IVDAs. Continuing efforts are needed to improve the safe sex practices of IVDAs, but it may be a significant challenge to reduce their high risk sexual behavior considerably below that of the general population. Concomitant drug abuse treatment may help in efforts to accomplish sexual behavior change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-238
Number of pages8
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Condoms
Sexual Behavior
Opioid Analgesics
Drug Users
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Sexual Partners
Risk-Taking
Drug therapy
Sexual Abstinence
Methadone
Safe Sex
Therapeutics
Substitution reactions
Population
Substance-Related Disorders
HIV-1
Outpatients
Interviews

Keywords

  • Condoms
  • Drug abuse
  • HIV-1
  • Sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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Condom use rates for specific sexual behaviors among opioid abusers entering treatment. / King, Van L; Brooner, Robert K.; Bigelow, George E.; Schmidt, Chester W.; Felch, Linda J.; Gazaway, Preston M.

In: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Vol. 35, No. 3, 01.01.1994, p. 231-238.

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King, Van L ; Brooner, Robert K. ; Bigelow, George E. ; Schmidt, Chester W. ; Felch, Linda J. ; Gazaway, Preston M. / Condom use rates for specific sexual behaviors among opioid abusers entering treatment. In: Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 1994 ; Vol. 35, No. 3. pp. 231-238.
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