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Existing Sexual Risk Behaviour Among Patients Receiving Antiretroviral Treatment In Umlazi, Kwazulu-Natal

Year: 2007
Working paper number: 184
Author: Leonhardsen, Lene
Unit: ASRU
Abstract:

This study of HIV positive patients in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal, receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) focuses on the impact of HAART on respondents' reported sexual behaviour and perceptions of infectiousness while on HAART. The findings indicate relatively high levels of consistent condom use among respondents, and that they meet certain common challenges to condom use including their partner's attitude to HIV/AIDS, communication patterns and openness in their relationships. Other factors specifically related to being HIV-positive or on HAART that influence consistent condom use are disclosure, partner communication and knowledge of partner's status. However, findings show that participants have both a good understanding of reasons for consistent condom use and a strong motivation to use them. This survey reflects a substantiated positive link between partners' disclosure and condom use, underlining the importance of positive communication patterns in respondents' relationships. Nothing in this study suggests a relationship between commencing HAART and an increase in risky sexual behaviour. Rather, the findings indicate a decrease in sexual partners and an increase in consistent condom use among respondents on HAART.


Publication file: WP184.pdf
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