Incarceration, Sex With an STI- or HIV-Infected Partner, and Infection With an STI or HIV in Bushwick, Brooklyn, N.Y.: A Social Network Perspective
November 10, 2011
The study's objective was to assess the link between incarceration and sexually transmitted infection, including HIV, from a social network perspective.
Data collected from a social network study in Brooklyn (n=343) were measured for associations between incarceration and infection with herpes simplex virus-2, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis or HIV and sex with an infected partner, adjusting for characteristics of respondents and their sex partners.
"Infection with an STI or HIV was associated with incarceration of less than one year (adjusted prevalence ratio=1.33; 95 percent confidence interval=1.01, 1.76) and one year or longer (adjusted PR=1.37; 95 percent CI=1.08, 1.74). Sex in the past three months with an infected partner was associated with sex in the past three months with one partner (adjusted PR=1.42; 95 percent CI=1.12, 1.79) and with two or more partners (adjusted PR=1.85; 95 percent CI=1.43, 2.38) who had ever been incarcerated," the results found.
There is a need for STI and HIV treatment and prevention for current and former prisoners, concluded the authors. The results provide preliminary evidence to indicate that incarceration may influence HIV and other STIs, "possibly because incarceration increases the risk of sex with infected partners."
American Journal of Public Health
06.2011; Vol. 101; No. 6: P. 1110-1117; Maria R. Khan, Ph.D.; Matthew W. Epperson, Ph.D.; Pedro Mateu-Gelabert, Ph.D.; Melissa Bolyard, Ph.D.; Milagros Sandoval, B.A.; Samuel R. Friedman, Ph.D.
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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