Sexual partnering and risk of HIV/STD among aboriginals

McKay, Alexander
June 1999
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Summer99, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p143
Academic Journal
The article presents a research summary on sexual partners and risk of HIV/sexually transmitted disease (STD) among aboriginals in Canada. Aboriginals in Canada have Sexually Transmitted Disease infection rates up to four times higher than the general Canadian population. The authors note that early in the HIV/ AIDS epidemic there was a common belief that aboriginals living on reserves would be protected from infection by virtue of their insulation from the general population. However, a report shows how patterns of partner selection and sexual behavior contribute to the risk of HIV/STD infection among aboriginals living on reserve in Canada. The data for the study were derived from face-to-face interviews with 651 aboriginals, aged 15 to 93 years, from 11 Ontario reserve communities. Three hundred and eighty (58%) of the total sample reported having sex in the 12 months prior to the interview. Among sexually active respondents, 51% reported that all their sexual partners were from within their community, 27% stated that all their sexual partners were from outside the community, and 22% reported having sex with partners from both inside and outside the community.


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