Title

Determinants of safer sexual behavior in a long-term HIV-seropositive population

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

11-11-1998

Abstract

Determinants of safer sexual behaviors among HIV-infected adult men with hemophilia were examined. A model was proposed that personal adjustment, communication skills, self-efficacy, and perceived advantages of condom use would influence safer sex practices. The model was tested with 181 men with hemophilia and HIV infection from 27 hemophilia treatment centers across the United States. The hypothesized model was tested using LISREL and explained 35 percent of the variance in safer sexual behaviors. Personal adjustment was significantly associated with general communication skills. General communication was linked with communication about safer sex which, in turn, influenced self-efficacy and perceived advantages of condom use. Communication about safer sex, efficacy and perceived advantages of condom use were all directly related to safer sexual behaviors.

Publication Title

Journal of Health Psychology

Volume

3

Issue

4

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