Demographic factors, mental health problems, and psychosocial resources influence women's AIDS risk

Eleonora C. V. Costa*, Joana Silva, M. Graça Pereira

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine how depressive mood, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, self-efficacy, and social support are associated with HIV risk behaviors. Participants were sexually active women (N = 1488) recruited when attending gynecological consultations in primary care settings. Standardized questionnaires were administered to assess for depressive mood, abuse/assault-related PTSD, social support, self-efficacy, stress, and sexual risk behavior. The resulting association models showed that demographic factors, mental health problems, and resources are associated with sexual risk behavior. Detecting and treating mental health problems and interventions that bolster women's psychosocial resources are warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)913-926
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume38
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2017

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