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HIV/AIDS Prevention; Perceived easiness in condom use is the most proximate determinant of condom use


HIV/AIDS Prevention; Perceived easiness in condom use is the most proximate determinant of condom use
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30 October 2006
AIDS Weekly
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2006 OCT 30 - (NewsRx.com) -- Perceived easiness in condom use is the most proximate determinant of condom use.
"We proposed to integrate cognitive and social factors in the study of unprotected commercial sex. Data from 159 female entertainment workers from 15 establishments in Shanghai who reported commercial sex in the month prior to interview were used to test the approach.
"Two-sample t tests and multivariate logistic regression were conducted to examine if and how individual cognitive and social influence factors affect the odds of consistent condom use," scientists writing in the journal AIDS Education and Prevention report.
According to the authors, "About 21% of participants reported consistent condom use. Both individual cognitive and social influence factors were important correlates of condom use; models containing either alone suffered significantly in explanatory power."
"Perceived easiness in condom use was the most proximate determinant of condom use. It helped to translate HIV knowledge and prevention motivation into behavior and to mediate the impact of sexual relationship power," X.S. Yang and colleagues at Old Dominion University in Norfolk wrote.
The authors concluded, "Prevention intervention is urgently needed and should focus on self-efficacy training and promoting supportive social and working environments."
Yang and colleagues published their study in AIDS Education and Prevention (Gender, work, and HIV risk: Determinants of risky sexual behavior among female entertainment workers in China. AIDS Educ Prev, 2006;18(4):333-347).
Additional information can be obtained by contacting X.S. Yang, Old Dominion University, Dept. of Sociol & Criminal Justice, Norfolk, VA 23529, USA.
The publisher of the journal AIDS Education and Prevention can be contacted at: Guilford Publications Inc., 72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012, USA.
Keywords: Norfolk, Virginia, United States, HIV Prevention, Condom Use, Female Sex Workers, Cognitive & Social Factors, Social Support.
This article was prepared by AIDS Weekly editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2006, AIDS Weekly via NewsRx.com.
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This article was posted on: October 27, 2006

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