In this paper we examine the determinants of perceived risk for getting HIV and AIDS among adult Los Angeles arrestees reporting any lifetime injection drug use (N=958).
Our sample, drawn from the Drug Use Forecasting program, is 60% male and 40% female.
Higher rates of reported risky drug and sexual behaviors than in the general population make this a particularly relevant sample within which to explore correlates of perceived risk for getting HIV and AIDS.
We used multiple logistic regression to assess the relationship between perceived risk and a variety of demographic, behavioral, and psychosocial variables.
Arrestees reporting celibacy in the past year, having an injection-drug-using sexual partner, having more than 20 sexual partners, engaging in sex while high, knowing someone with AIDS, and having been tested for HIV antibodies were more likely to perceive themselves at greater risk of getting HIV and AIDS.
African American arrestees and arrestees reporting having attempted to reduce their sexual risks were less likely to perceive themselves at greater risk for getting AIDS.
Implications for AIDS education and prevention are discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Virose, Infection, Toxicomanie, Risque, Autoperception, Epidémiologie, Comportement, Evaluation, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit, Perception sociale
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Drug addiction, Risk, Self perception, Epidemiology, Behavior, Evaluation, Human, United States, North America, America, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency, Social perception
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Cote : 98-0511446
Code Inist : 002B05C02D. Création : 23/03/1999.