Risky sexual behaviourWitnessing crimes and other forms of violence in both childhood and adulthood has a profound effect on women — it makes them more prone to having “risky” sex with a high number of sexual partners, a study has said.

Women who have been abused themselves were more likely to have unprotected sex, and use drugs or alcohol before having sex, said the study by the Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine in the US.

According to the Daily Mail, the findings offer a new insight on the link between exposure to violence and HIV risk behaviour, particularly among low-income, urban women.

“Sadly, our results show that many women must cope with multiple forms of violence, and that some combinations of violent experiences put women at risk for HIV, other STDs or unplanned pregnancy – not to mention the risks from the violence itself,” said lead author Jennifer Walsh.

The study included 481 women attending an urban STD clinic. They were assessed for previous history of violence and current sexual risk-taking behaviour. 

The women were primarily African American and most were socio-economically disadvantaged, the daily said.

The team found women who reported experiencing multiple forms of violence and those who were exposed to community violence had the highest levels of sexual risk behaviour, including a large number of sexual partners and alcohol and drug use before sex.

Source: IANS

  • Goldy

    I would highly reeonmcmd that you talk openly with your partner about your fears. Reassure your partner that this is something you want to work through. I always reeonmcmd speaking with a knowledgable therapist if you can afford it. If she is on meds (which she may not be if she was recently diagnosed) and her viral load is undetectable, the risks as mentioned above) are quite low assuming you are also using protection.If you are not using protection, then there is nothing guaranteeing your safety, regardless of viral load (as it is not a perfect indicator of infectiousness through genital fluids semen, vaginal fluids)You could try looking on line for HIV AND serodivergent couples or serodiscordant couples or magnetic couples all of which refer to couples in which one person is HIV+ and the other HIV-. There are MANY of these types of couples who have been together for years and are very happy. It is possible with love, compassion, and safer sexThere may be some good resources online.Hope this helps