Prevalence of childhood sexual abuse and physical trauma in an HIV-positive sample from the deep south.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We examined prevalence and predictors of trauma among HIV-infected persons in the Deep South using data from the Coping with HIV/AIDS in the Southeast (CHASE) study. Over 50% of CHASE participants were abused during their lives, with approximately 30% experiencing abuse before age 13, regardless of gender. Caregiver characteristics were associated with childhood abuse. Abuse is related to increases in high-HIV-risk activities. The findings help explain why people engage in such high-risk activities and can provide guidance in designing improved care and prevention messages.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Whetten, K; Leserman, J; Lowe, K; Stangl, D; Thielman, N; Swartz, M; Hanisch, L; Van Scoyoc, L

Published Date

  • June 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 96 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1028 - 1030

PubMed ID

  • 16670226

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1470636

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-0036

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/AJPH.2005.063263


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States