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Intimate partner violence among HIV-positive persons in an urban clinic

Ramachandran, S and Yonas, MA and Silvestre, AJ and Burke, JG (2010) Intimate partner violence among HIV-positive persons in an urban clinic. AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 22 (12). 1536 - 1543. ISSN 0954-0121

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While the intersection of HIV/AIDS and intimate partner violence (IPV) has gained increased attention, little focus has been given to the relationship among minority men and men who have sex with men (MSM). This pilot study, conducted at an urban clinic, explores the IPV experiences of HIV-positive persons involved in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Fifty-six HIV-positive individuals were interviewed to assess for verbal, physical, and sexual IPV, and for HIV-related abuse and attitudes regarding routine IPV screening. Approximately three quarters (73%) of the sample reported lifetime IPV and 20% reported current abuse. Physical IPV (85%) was cited the most by abused participants. IPV rates were highest among African-Americans and MSM. More than one-fourth (29%) of those abused felt the abuse was related to their HIV status. A majority of participants favored IPV screening by providers, but felt it might increase risk of IPV. IPV and its association to HIV are significant issues among this sample. Findings support the need for developing new programs that address these epidemics simultaneously. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ramachandran, S
Yonas, MA
Silvestre, AJtonys@pitt.eduTONYS
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for LGBT Health Research
Date: 1 December 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Volume: 22
Number: 12
Page Range: 1536 - 1543
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/09540121.2010.482199
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0954-0121
MeSH Headings: Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Ambulatory Care Facilities; Domestic Violence--psychology; Domestic Violence--statistics & numerical data; Female; HIV Infections--psychology; HIV Infections--transmission; HIV Seropositivity--psychology; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Pennsylvania; Pilot Projects; Sexual Partners--psychology; Spouse Abuse--statistics & numerical data; Urban Health; Young Adult
Other ID: NLM NIHMS231257, NLM PMC3005966
PubMed Central ID: PMC3005966
PubMed ID: 20924830
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 19:27
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:55


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