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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 231-234

Sexual practices of people living with HIV/AIDS attending school of tropical medicine, Kolkata


1 Assistant Professor,BS Medical College, Bankura, West Bengal, India
2 Professor,Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata, India
3 Professor and Head,Department of Tropical Medicine, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata, India

Correspondence Address:
Pranita Taraphdar
Assistant Professor, BS Medical College, Bankura, West Bengal
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.104259

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A hospital-based, cross-sectional, observational study of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) attending the School of Tropical Medicine (STM), Kolkata was carried out for a period of 6 months from May 2006 to October 2006, to assess the sexual practices of PLWHAs. Past sexual practice of PLWHAs revealed that 93.4% males were polygamous, compared to 16.4% females. Of them, 45.7% males and 92.8% females reported sex with a nonregular sex partner (NRSP) in 1 year. Consistent condom use was low in both sexes. Current sexual practice showed that more than four-fifth (87.9%) of the new patients and two-thirds (68.9%) of the indoor patients were currently sexually active in 1 month recall period (P=3.79, Z=0.0000). However, consistent condom use was found only in 35.5% indoor patients and 15.5% of new patients and the difference was statistically significant.


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