Emotional adjustment in survivors of sexual assault living with HIV-AIDS.


Journal Article

This study examined history of sexual assault in 357 men and women living with HIV-AIDS. Participants completed measures of demographic characteristics, sexual assault history, emotional distress and psychiatric symptoms, substance use, and sexual behaviors. Results showed that 68% of women and 35% of men living with HIV-AIDS reported a history of sexual assault since age 15. History of sexual assault was related to history of substance use and mental health treatment. Sexual assault survivors reported greater anxiety, depression, and symptoms of borderline personality and were significantly more likely to report recent unprotected intercourse than persons who had not been sexually assaulted. Results suggest tailoring secondary prevention interventions to meet the needs of HIV-positive survivors of sexual assault.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kalichman, SC; Sikkema, KJ; DiFonzo, K; Luke, W; Austin, J

Published Date

  • August 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 289 - 296

PubMed ID

  • 12224800

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12224800

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6598

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0894-9867

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/a:1016247727498


  • eng