TITLE

Sexually transmitted infections and sexual behaviour of deploying shipboard US military personnel: a cross-sectional analysis

AUTHOR(S)
Harbertson, Judith; Scott, Paul T.; Moore, John; Wolf, Michael; Morris, James; Thrasher, Scott; D'Onofrio, Michael; Grillo, Michael P.; Jacobs, Marni B.; Tran, Bonnie R.; Tian, Jun; Ito, Stanley I.; McAnany, Jennifer; Michael, Nelson; Hale, Braden R.
PUB. DATE
December 2015
SOURCE
Sexually Transmitted Infections;Dec2015, Vol. 91 Issue 8, p581
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
journal article
ABSTRACT
Objectives: Sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevalence and risk behaviour may differ at different phases of deployment. We examined STI prevalence and sexual behaviour in the predeployment time period (12 months prior) among recently deployed shipboard US Navy and Marine Corps military personnel.Methods: Data were collected from 1938 male and 515 female service members through an anonymous, self-completed survey assessing sexual behaviours and STI acquisition characteristics in the past 12 months. Cross-sectional sex-stratified descriptive statistics are reported.Results: Overall, 67% (n=1262/1896) reported last sex with a military beneficiary (spouse, n=931, non-spouse service member, n=331). Among those with a sexual partner outside their primary partnership, 24% (n=90/373) reported using a condom the last time they had sex and 30% (n=72/243) reported their outside partner was a service member. In total, 90% (n=210/233) reported acquiring their most recent STI in the USA (88%, n=126/143 among those reporting ≥1 deployments and an STI ≥1 year ago) and a significantly higher proportion (p<0.01) of women than men acquired the STI from their regular partner (54% vs 21%) and/or a service member (50% vs 26%).Conclusions: Findings suggest a complex sexual network among service members and military beneficiaries. Findings may extend to other mobile civilian and military populations. Data suggest most STI transmission within the shipboard community may occur in local versus foreign ports but analyses from later time points in deployment are needed. These data may inform more effective STI prevention interventions.
ACCESSION #
111186197

 

Related Articles

  • Sexually transmitted infections in the military: new challenges for an old problem. Gaydos, Joel C.; McKee Jr, Kelly T.; Faix, Dennis J.; McKee, Kelly T Jr // Sexually Transmitted Infections;Dec2015, Vol. 91 Issue 8, p536 

    The authors offer a commentary on a paper about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexual behaviors in U.S. military service members. Topics covered include the similarities of the paper with a shipboard questionnaire study of U.S. service members published in 1993, advancements in the...

  • Sexual behaviour and risk in Vietnamese men living in metropolitan Sydney. O'Connor, C. C.; Wen, L. M.; Rissel, C.; Shaw, M. // Sexually Transmitted Infections;Apr2007, Vol. 83 Issue 2, p147 

    Objective: To describe sexual risk in Vietnamese men who have sex with female sex workers by describing the prevalence of sexual risk behaviours among Vietnamese men living in inner Sydney and comparing this prevalence with national data. Method: Telephone interviews...

  • All STDs are not created equal: an analysis of the differential effects of sexual behaviour changes on different STDs. Pinkerton, S. D.; Layde, P. M.; DiFranceisco, W.; Chesson, H. W. // International Journal of STD & AIDS;May2003, Vol. 14 Issue 5, p320 

    The same sexual behaviours that transmit HIV are implicated in the transmission of certain other STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and syphilis. Consequently, it is often assumed that preventive methods that are effective against HIV should be equally effective against other STDs. The...

  • 'Newspeak' in the era of fear and ignorance. Barratt, Barnaby B. // Contemporary Sexuality;Apr2005, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p3 

    This article focuses on fear and ignorance regarding human sexuality. There is nothing moral about refusing to give sexually active teenagers the information they need to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. There is nothing moral about refusing to give rape victims...

  • Sexual risk behaviour, knowledge and attitude related to HIV transmission: a study among a migrant tribal group living in the slums of Bhubaneswar City, Orissa, India. Mishra, Suchismita; Kumar Swain, Basanta; Veerraju Babu, Bontha // Journal of Public Health (09431853);Oct2008, Vol. 16 Issue 5, p331 

    The purpose was to identify the risky sexual behaviour, knowledge and attitude related to HIV transmission among migrant tribals living in the slums of a state headquarters city in India. From four Santal tribe-dominated slums in Bhubaneswar City, Orissa, India, a sample of 113 respondents...

  • Sexual practices among male undergraduate students in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Hoque, Muhammad // Southern African Journal of Epidemiology & Infection;2011, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p157 

    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) pose a serious public health concern in South Africa. Young adults are continuously at higher risk of STIs and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and also unwanted pregnancies than the general public, because of their higher levels of sexual...

  • Do clinic-based STD data reflect community patterns? Howards, Penelope P.; Thomas, James C.; Earp, Jo Anne // International Journal of STD & AIDS;Nov2002, Vol. 13 Issue 11, p775 

    Sexually transmitted disease (STD) interventions in communities are often based on studies conducted in STD clinics. Clinic-based studies are relatively easy to conduct, but they do not include all people at risk for STDs in the community. Although it is widely believed that clinic-based data...

  • Sexual risk behaviours and STIs in drug abuse treatment populations whose drug of choice is crack cocaine. Ross, Michael W.; Lu-Yu Hwang; Zack, Carolyn; Bull, Lara; Williams, Mark L. // International Journal of STD & AIDS;Nov2002, Vol. 13 Issue 11, p769 

    We investigated sexually transmissable infection (STI) prevalence in 407 drug users in three drug treatment programmes in two Texan cities and associated demographic and sexual behaviours. Data analysis focused on differences between those for whom crack cocaine was the drug of preference...

  • How Gendered Attitudes Relate to Women's and Men's Sexual Behaviors and Beliefs. Lefkowitz, Eva; Shearer, Cindy; Gillen, Meghan; Espinosa-Hernandez, Graciela // Sexuality & Culture;Dec2014, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p833 

    This study examines associations between endorsement of a sexual double standard, gender role attitudes, and sexual behaviors and beliefs. First year university students in the northeastern United States ( N = 434; 52 % female; 33 % Black, 29 % Latino, 39 % White; ages 17-19) participated during...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics