Volume 13 Supplement 1

Proceedings of the 9th Edition of the Scientific Days of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases “Prof Dr Matei Bals”

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Risk assessment of sexual behaviors in serodiscordant couples

  • Maria Alexandra Largu1Email author,
  • Carmen Manciuc1,
  • Liviu Jany Prisăcariu1,
  • Cristina Nicolau1,
  • Daniela Stoica1 and
  • Carmen Dorobăț1
BMC Infectious Diseases201313(Suppl 1):P64

https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2334-13-S1-P64

Published: 16 December 2013

Background

This paper aims to assess the risk of sexual behaviors in serodiscordant couples in the Infectious Diseases Hospital “Sf Parascheva”, Iaşi, Romania.

Methods

We assessed 40 persons from serodiscordant couples, in the hospital’s psycho-social assistance office. Of these, 20 were HIV-positive young men and women registered in the Regional HIV/AIDS Center. Assessments were made between January and August 2013. The instrument used was a questionnaire developed by the psychologist, with questions relating to the frequency of sexual intercourse and contraceptive methods used.

Results

All the young people we assessed were part of heterosexual couples, with equal numbers of males and females. The average age was 24.76 years, with a minimum of 18 and maximum of 34 years. Participants were mostly post-secondary education or training (31%), followed in proportion by secondary education (grades 4-8, 21%), but with a high percentage of high school and university (20%) as well. Thirty participants belonged to a family, while 10 were from foster care or placement centers. 46% of participants were in a relationship based on dating without living together, and equal proportions of 27.5% were either married or cohabiting. Regarding the duration of the relationship in which they were involved, the majority of participants (51%) had an ongoing relationship for more than one year, 30% between 6 months and one year, 15% between 3 and 6 months and only 3.8% estimated the duration of their relationship for less than 3 months. Eighty percent declared they have sex once a week or more, 5% less often than once a week, 10% said they did not have sex, and the remaining 5% refused to answer the question. Of the 85% of sexually active, 29.4% reported using a condom every time, 58.8% sometimes and 11.7% never.

Conclusion

HIV-positive patients and their HIV-negative partners still assume considerable risk and consciously ignore protection against HIV transmission. However, the results of this study are up for debate due to a certain attitude regarding the disclosure of personal details about one’s sex life, still common in the current social context.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Infectious Diseases Hospital “Sf Parascheva”

Copyright

© Largu et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2013

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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