Self-reported risk factors and perceived chance of getting HIV/AIDS in the 1990s in Alberta.

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Source
Can J Public Health. 2000 Sep-Oct;91(5):340-4
Publication Type
Article
Author
W L Maurier
H C Northcott
Author Affiliation
Department of Sociology, University of Alberta. wmaurier@telusplanet.net
Source
Can J Public Health. 2000 Sep-Oct;91(5):340-4
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adult
Alberta - epidemiology
Data Collection
HIV Infections - epidemiology - transmission
Humans
Risk factors
Safe Sex - psychology - statistics & numerical data
Self-Assessment
Substance Abuse, Intravenous - epidemiology
Abstract
This paper examines self-reported risk factors and perceived chance of getting HIV/AIDS using five representative surveys of adult Albertans obtained in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, and 1996. The findings from this trend analysis demonstrate that less than 10% of respondents perceived their chance of getting HIV/AIDS to be medium or high. Persons with multiple sex partners tended to perceive themselves to be at risk. Almost 20% of respondents reported one or more new sex partners in the last two years prior to the survey. Condom use with new sex partners increased substantially. Fifteen percent of respondents reported two or more sex partners in total in the last two years prior to the survey. Fourteen percent reported having two or more sex partners including at least one casual sex partner, and of these 61% reported always using condoms with their casual sex partner(s). Finally, the most striking finding is the perception among health care workers that they are at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS.
PubMed ID
11089285 View in PubMed
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