Denis, Alicia; Sung-Mook Hong
June 2003
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2003, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p97
Academic Journal
This study compared the sexual functioning of 43 HIV positive (HIV+) women and 73 non-HIV women using a slightly adapted version of the Sexual Functioning Questionnaire for Women (SFQ)(Syrjala et al., 2000). HIV+ women had statistically significantly lower scores than non-HIV women on the subscales assessing sexual interest, sexual activity, sexual satisfaction, orgasm, sexual relationships, sexual problems, and also on the combined measure of overall SFQ, but not on the masturbation subscale. Although the HIV+ group was somewhat older, less well-educated, and more likely to have ever been married than the non-HIV group, the two groups were sufficiently diverse with respect to these measures, and to ethnocultural background, to permit comparisons. The findings and literature review indicate that HIV+ women commonly encounter problems in sexual functioning that should be recognized and treated by health professionals and service providers.


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