Patterns and correlates of sexual activity and condom use behavior in persons 50-plus years of age living with HIV/AIDS.


Journal Article

This study characterized rates of sexual activity and identified psychosocial and behavioral correlates of sexual activity and condom use in a metropolitan sample of 290 HIV-infected adults 50-plus years of age. Thirty-eight percent of participants were sexually active in the past three months, 33% of whom had at least one occasion of anal or vaginal intercourse that was not condom protected. Rates and correlates of sexual activity and condom use differed between gay/bisexual men, heterosexual men, and heterosexual women. In the past three months, 72% of heterosexual men were sexually active compared to only 36% of gay/bisexual men and 21% of heterosexual women. However, among sexually active persons, only 27% of heterosexual men reported inconsistent condom use compared to 37% of gay/bisexual men and 35% of heterosexual women. As the number of older adults living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. continues to increase, age-appropriate secondary risk-reduction interventions are urgently needed.

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Cited Authors

  • Lovejoy, TI; Heckman, TG; Sikkema, KJ; Hansen, NB; Kochman, A; Suhr, JA; Garske, JP; Johnson, CJ

Published Date

  • November 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 943 - 956

PubMed ID

  • 18389361

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18389361

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3254

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1090-7165

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10461-008-9384-2


  • eng