Patterns and correlates of sexual activity and condom use behavior in persons 50-plus years of age living with HIV/AIDS

Travis I. Lovejoy, Timothy G. Heckman, Kathleen J. Sikkema, Nathan B. Hansen, Arlene Kochman, Julie A. Suhr, John P. Garske, Christopher J. Johnson

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Abstract

This study characterized rates of sexual activity and identified psychosocial and behavioral correlates of sexual activity and condom use in a metropolitan sample of 290 HIV-infected adults 50-plus years of age. Thirty-eight percent of participants were sexually active in the past three months, 33% of whom had at least one occasion of anal or vaginal intercourse that was not condom protected. Rates and correlates of sexual activity and condom use differed between gay/bisexual men, heterosexual men, and heterosexual women. In the past three months, 72% of heterosexual men were sexually active compared to only 36% of gay/bisexual men and 21% of heterosexual women. However, among sexually active persons, only 27% of heterosexual men reported inconsistent condom use compared to 37% of gay/bisexual men and 35% of heterosexual women. As the number of older adults living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. continues to increase, age-appropriate secondary risk-reduction interventions are urgently needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)943-956
Number of pages14
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

Keywords

  • Condom use
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Older adults
  • Sexual activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Lovejoy, T. I., Heckman, T. G., Sikkema, K. J., Hansen, N. B., Kochman, A., Suhr, J. A., Garske, J. P., & Johnson, C. J. (2008). Patterns and correlates of sexual activity and condom use behavior in persons 50-plus years of age living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS and Behavior, 12(6), 943-956. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-008-9384-2