224838 Sexual practices, knowledge and perception of risks about sexually transmitted infections in a group of Puerto Rican Baby Boomers Injecting Drug Users

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Nirzka Labault-Cabeza, PhD , School of Public Health - Developmental Department - Gerontology Program, Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, PR
René R. Dávila-Torres, MS, DBAc, PhDc , Maternal and Child Health Program, Puerto Rico School of Public Health, San Juan, PR
Victor Emanuel Reyes-Ortiz, PhDc , Maternal and Child Health Program, University of Puerto Rico, School of Public Health, San Juan, PR
Background: Population ageism and the increasing number of elderly people, along with improvements in quality of life, has encouraged behavioral changes related to sexuality, providing more active affective relationships to people. Objective: To identify the sexual practices, knowledge and risk perception about sexually transmitted diseases in Puerto Rican Baby Boomer who are injecting drug users. Method: A cross-sectional exploratory pilot study, with a non-probabilistic sample of 50 individuals (25 females and 25 males) participating in a Needle Exchange Program was conducted. Face to Face interviews were performed in a survey to determine the sexual practices, knowledge and STI risk perception. Results: 73.3% of the participants practice oral sex without condoms; 69% vaginal sex without condoms and 39.3% anal sex without condoms. Nevertheless, 32% of the participants were unaware that STIs could be transmitted through oral sex. Indeed, 66.7% and 76.7% of the participants had not used condom the last time they had sexual intercourse and had oral sex, respectively. Participants in general perceived they are at risk to acquire STI [over 80%] independently of their sexual practices. Conclusion: Actions for health promotion related to STI should take into account individuals' sexual behavior and information about their sexual practices, and also consider specific information for populations regarding STIs knowledge.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education

Learning Objectives:
Discuss sexual practices and the knowledge in geriatric population about STIs. Describe how these sexual practices may contribute to the risk factors and protection factors.

Keywords: Sexual Behavior, STD

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I'm the principal investigator
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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