Alcohol use is a known key risk factor associated with risky sexual behavior that contributes to HIV transmission. This cross-sectional study used time location sampling to investigate alcohol use and risky sexual behaviors that occurred after ingesting alcohol among 609 patrons of alcohol venues in Gaborone, Botswana. Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) scores were categorized as low (1–7), medium (8–15), and high (16+) for analysis. Logistic regression models stratified by gender assessed the association between alcohol use and condom use at last sex after drinking alcohol. Among females, the odds of condom use during last sex after drinking alcohol were significantly lower for high compared to low AUDIT scores (AOR = 0.17, 95 % CI 0.06–0.54). Among males, factors significantly associated with condom use at last sex after alcohol use were low levels of education (primary level compared to university and above AOR = 0.13; 95 % CI 0.03–0.55) and beliefs that alcohol use did not increase risky sexual behaviors (AOR = 0.26; 95 % CI 0.11–0.62). HIV prevention interventions should target females and emphasize sexual risks associated with alcohol use.
Prevention Science – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 9, 2015
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