Behavioural patterns and HIV infection among drug using transvestites practising prostitution in Rome.
Fifty-seven male prostitutes who were also drug users, underwent HIV-1 testing in a drug dependency unit in Rome.
The overall prevalence of HIV antibody was 74% (42/57).
Of the 57 subjects, 46 completed a standard questionnaire and were interviewed by a trained psychologist about use of drugs, sexual and AIDS-related behaviours.
Among the 46 patients responding to the questionnaire, the prevalence of HIV was 67% (31/46).
HIV prevalence increased with the duraction of drug use, rising from 48% for less than 2 years use, to 64% for 2 to 4 years, and 100% for more than 4 years.
It also increased with duration of stay in Italy: from 59% for less than 2 years, 78% for 2-4 years and to 83% for more than 4 years.
Prevalence of HIV antibody was higher among those who reported injecting drugs (73% vs 63%), or who reported needle sharing (83% vs 62%).
Mots-clés Pascal : Toxicomanie, Voie intraveineuse, Prostitution, Travestisme, Trouble comportement sexuel, Italie, Europe, Mâle, Homme, Education sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Drug addiction, Intravenous administration, Prostitution, Transvestism, Sexual behavior disorder, Italy, Europe, Male, Human, Health education
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Code Inist : 002B18C05. Création : 199406.