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Sexual violence among a cohort of injection drug users

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  • Braitstein, Paula
  • Li, Kathy
  • Tyndall, Mark
  • Spittal, Patricia
  • O'Shaughnessy, Michael V.
  • Schilder, Arn
  • Johnston, Caitlin
  • Hogg, Robert S.
  • Schechter, Martin T.
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    The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of, and factors associated with, sexual violence in childhood, adolescence and adulthood, among injection drug using men and women. The Vancouver Injection Drug User Study is a prospective cohort of injection drug users (IDU) begun in 1996. The analysis included all individuals who completed the baseline questionnaire who responded to a question about sexual assault. Multivariate modeling was used to determine and to what extent a history of sexual violence at different ages is predictive of HIV risk and other health risk behaviors. HIV prevalence was calculated as the total current number of HIV-positive individuals in the cohort. Of the 1437 eligible individuals, 36% reported a lifetime history of sexual violence; 68% of women, and 19% of men (p

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 57 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 3 (August)
    Pages: 561-569

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:57:y:2003:i:3:p:561-569
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