Publication Title: 
AIDS and behavior

The aim of the study was to assess-while controlling for individual risk characteristics-how certain social network structural characteristics (degree, eigenvector, and betweenness centrality) are related to HIV infections. Injecting drug users (N = 299) in Vilnius, Lithuania were recruited using incentivized chain referral sampling for a cross-sectional study. Sociometric social links were established between participants, and UCINET was used to calculate network measures. HIV prevalence was 10 %, and all except two knew they were infected.

Gyarmathy, V. Anna
Caplinskiene, Irma
Caplinskas, Saulius
Latkin, Carl A.
Publication Title: 
Hesperian Foundation News
Irvin, A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Advanced Nursing

By examining the relationship between the cultural construction of female sexuality and the lack of potential for many young heterosexual women to be truly sexually healthy this paper submits that messages for women within HIV prevention programmes can be confused, confining and at times dangerous to women's health and well-being.

Few, C.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Sexual Behavior

A multitude of factors influence condom use self-efficacy, including age, gender, ethnicity, condom use attitudes and barriers, sexual experience, and partner characteristics. The current study integrated past research by evaluating these factors in a large, ethnically diverse university sample of women and men (N=665). The role of gender on condom use and sexuality variables was assessed across ethnic groups.

Farmer, Melissa A.
Meston, Cindy M.
Publication Title: 
BMC public health

BACKGROUND: To determine potential social, psychological, and environmental-structural factors that may result in motivating female sex workers (FSWs), who are rural-to-urban migrants, and their paying partners in Shanghai, China to promote consistent condom use (CCU). METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in five districts of Shanghai, including three suburbs and two downtown locales. We adopted a cluster randomized sampling method to obtain 20 geographic sites, which consisted of 1 or more communities/villages proximal to a location where FSWs were accessible.

Ye, Xiuxia
Shang, Meili
Shen, Tian
Pei, Bei
Jiang, Xueqin
Cai, Yong
Publication Title: 
Sexually Transmitted Infections

OBJECTIVES: To explore the characteristics and issues specific to HIV related risk behaviours among men who have sex with men (MSM) in rural China. METHOD: Qualitative study using semistructured in-depth interviews in Dali prefecture, Yunnan. 24 informants recruited through a local MSM network, snowballing and by word of mouth. The main outcome measures were themes identified as increased exposures and risks to HIV. RESULTS: Risk behaviour, social stigma, one child policy and concepts of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) had significant roles in the spread of HIV in rural China.

Wong, W. C.
Zhang, J.
Wu, S. C.
Kong, T. S. K.
Ling, D. C. Y.


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