HIV/AIDS risks among South African men who report sexually assaulting women

SOURCE: American Journal of Health Behavior
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2006
TITLE AUTHOR(S): L.C.Simbayi, S.C.Kalichman, S.Jooste, V.Mathiti, D.Cain, C.Cherry
KEYWORDS: HIV/AIDS, MEN, SEXUAL ABUSE, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR, VIOLENCE
DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 4605

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Abstract

To examine HIV risks among South African men who report having been sexually assaultive. METHODS: Men (N = 412) in Cape Town completed anonymous surveys. RESULTS: Twenty-three percent reported a history of sexual assault. Men who had been sexually assaultive were younger, reported more sex partners, were more likely to have a history of genital ulcers, and more likely to have exchanged money for sex. Sexually assaultive men were also more likely to endorse rape myths. CONCLUSIONS: Interventions that target men as the agents of change in reducing sexual assaults and HIV transmission are urgently needed.