Medical News

HIV Super-Infection Beliefs and Sexual Practices of People Living With HIV/AIDS

January 11, 2011

The authors introduced the current study by noting, "People living with HIV can be re-infected with a new viral strain resulting in potential treatment-resistant recombinant virus known as HIV super-infection," and that patients' beliefs about this risk "may have significant effects" on their sexual behavior.


The subjects of the study were 320 men, 137 women, and 33 transgender persons, all of whom completed confidential surveys in a community research setting.

The researchers found that most participants were aware of HIV super-infection, and most believed it was harmful to their health. Hierarchical multiple regressions predicting protected anal/vaginal intercourse with partners of the same HIV status showed that older age and less alcohol use were associated with greater protected sex. "In addition, HIV super-infection beliefs predicted protected sexual behavior over and above participant age and alcohol use."

"Beliefs about HIV super-infection exert significant influence on sexual behaviors of people living with HIV/AIDS and should be targeted in HIV prevention messages for HIV-infected persons," the authors concluded.

Back to other news for January 2011

Adapted from:
Sexual Health
11.2010; Vol. 7; No. 4; P. 420-424; Seth C. Kalichman; Lisa Eaton; Chauncey Cherry; Moira O. Kalichman; Howard Pope; Denise White; Christina M. Amaral; Connie Swetzes; Rene Macy

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.

No comments have been made.

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:

Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:


The content on this page is free of advertiser influence and was produced by our editorial team. See our content and advertising policies.