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Risky Sex in Rural America: Longitudinal Changes in a Community-Based Cohort of Methamphetamine and Cocaine Users
The American Journal on Addictions
  • Tyrone F. Borders
  • Katharine E. Stewart
  • Patricia B. Wright
  • Carl G. Leukefeld
  • Russel S. Falck, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Robert G. Carlson, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Brenda M. Booth
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Abstract
Background and Objectives This study examined the longitudinal associations between stimulant use and sexual behaviors. Methods Data are from a 3-year community-based study of 710 rural stimulant users. Past 30-day crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and methamphetamine use and sexual behaviors (any sex, inconsistent condom use, and multiple sexual partners) were assessed through in-person interviews every 6 months. Results GEE analyses revealed that the odds of having sex remained steady over time, with crack cocaine and methamphetamine use positively associated with having sex. The odds of multiple sexual partners declined, but the odds of inconsistent condom use remained steady over time. Crack cocaine use was positively associated with multiple sexual partners, whereas powder cocaine use was negatively associated with inconsistent condom use. Conclusions and Scientific Significance Many rural stimulant users could potentially benefit from safe sex educational programs. Such efforts could reduce the incidence of HIV and other STIs in rural America.
DOI
10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12028.x
Citation Information
Tyrone F. Borders, Katharine E. Stewart, Patricia B. Wright, Carl G. Leukefeld, et al.. "Risky Sex in Rural America: Longitudinal Changes in a Community-Based Cohort of Methamphetamine and Cocaine Users" The American Journal on Addictions Vol. 22 Iss. 6 (2013) p. 535 - 542 ISSN: 10550496
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_carlson/94/