239596 Safer sex practices among HIV positive Latino population A narrative review

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pragati Jain, MPH , Department of Health Studies, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA
Kristina Rodriguez, MPH Candidate , Department of Health Studies, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA
Amar Kanekar, MPH, CHES, CPH, PhD , Health Studies, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA
Background: The prevalence of HIV positive infection is growing amongst the Latino population. According to Kaiser Family Foundation Study (2009), there are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S including 200,000 Latinos accounting for 18% of the people living with the disease in 2006. The estimated AIDS prevalence increased among Latinos by 26% between 2003 and 2007. Unprotected sexual intercourse among the Latino population increases the risk of HIV transmission. There is a dearth of published literature dealing with maintenance of safer sex practices among HIV positive Latino population. Methods: An open search was conducted of databases such as PUBMED, CINAHL with full text, MEDLINE, and Psychology and Behavioral Sciences collection using Boolean search strategy. A total of nine articles were extracted and all are discussed in this presentation. Results: Some of the important findings were, unprotected sexual intercourse increases with the partner who is HIV positive; increased acculturation leads to negative coping style and increased unsafe sexual behavior; group interventions integrated cultural competent practices exploring issues such as adherence, social isolation, stigma, disclosure, and safer-sex practices, among HIV positive Latinos; Quality of life concerns and need for safer sex practices in light of treatment advances for minority populations. Conclusions: Our literature search did not come across interventions for promoting or sustaining safer sex practices among HIV positive Latino population. Recommendations and health care practice implications for promoting and maintaining safer sex practices among HIV positive Latino population are discussed and presented.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
: Upon completion of this presentation participants will be able to: 1) Describe the process of literature search to retrieve peer-reviewed literature on quantitative and qualitative studies related to safer sex practices among HIV positive Latinos. 2) Explain the importance and need of quantitative and qualitative research studies in area of safer sex behaviors among HIV positive Latinos. 3) Discuss recommendations to tailor interventions in a culturally competent way to address maintenance and promotion of long-term safer sex practices among HIV positive Latinos

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Latino Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: MPH student at East Stroudsburg University
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.