HIV Prevalence, Risk Behavior, Knowledge, and Beliefs Among Women Seeking Care at a Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic in Mumbai, India

Nina A. Cooperman, Jayanthi S. Shastri, Aditi Shastri, Ellie Schoenbaum

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Abstract

Three hundred women presenting to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic in Mumbai, India were surveyed and HIV tested. Thirty-nine percent were HIV infected; 80% were current sex workers, and HIV infection was not significantly associated with past-year sex work. Only 44% always used condoms with their noncommercial sex partners. Most believed that condom preparation is a male responsibility (58%); that condom use is a sign that partner trust is lacking (84%); and that if a woman asks her partner to use a condom, he will lose respect for her (65%). All women at STI clinics in India need HIV testing and culturally sensitive risk interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1133-1147
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume35
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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