Hiv-related high risk sexual behaviors and practices among women in bogotá, Colombia

María J. Míguez-Burbano, Ivan Angarita, James M. Shultz, Gail Shor-Posner, Winslow Klaskala, Jose Luis Duque, Hong Lai, Beatriz Londoño, Marianna K. Baum

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Determinants associated with high-risk sexual behaviors were investigated in 1, 133 sexually active women in Bogotá, Colombia. A self-administered questionnaire was completed by two groups of women: 721 representing the general population (GP), and 412 commercial sex workers (CSWs). High-risk sexual behaviors for HIV/AIDS were evident in both groups. Nevertheless, consistent condom use was reported by only 6% of the GP group, as compared to 67% of the CSWs. Failure to recognize high-risk routes for HIV infection was indicated in 69% of the GP women for anal sex, and by the majority of both groups for intercourse during menses (56% GP women and 54% CSWs). Multivariate analysis revealed that education level, actual age, and age of first sex experience were significant predictors of high-risk sexual practices. The necessity for educational programs regarding high-risk sexual practices and risk of HIV/AIDS is evident for HIV/AIDS prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-119
Number of pages11
JournalWomen and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 15 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Heterosexual transmission
  • Hiv
  • Risk sexual behaviors
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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