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Gender Moderates the Association of Depressive Symptoms to Sexual Risk Behavior Among HIV-Positive African-American Outpatients

AbstractPrevious research has reported an association between depressive symptoms and sexual risk behavior. The purpose of this study was to explore whether gender moderates this association in a sample of HIV-positive African-Americans. Participants (N = 93) self-reported depressive symptoms (Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale; CES-D), and sexual risk behavior for the past 4 months. Analyses revealed that the depressive symptoms-by-gender interaction was associated with condomless sex and substance use proximal to sex. When an alyses were stratified by gender, depressive symptoms were associated with condomless sex and frequency of substance use only for women. We conclude that depressive symptoms may be a more powerful sexual risk factor among women relative to men.
Source: AIDS and Behavior - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

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Source: International Journal of Nursing Sciences - Category: Nursing Source Type: research
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Source: AIDS and Behavior - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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Source: AIDS and Behavior - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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Source: Sahara J - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: SAHARA J Source Type: research
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Source: AIDS and Behavior - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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Source: AIDS and Behavior - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Conditions:   HIV/AIDS;   Clinical Depression Intervention:   Drug: Zaleplon Sponsor:   University of Pennsylvania Completed
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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