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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 21, No. 2, 2021, pp. 547-556
Bioline Code: hs21049
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

African Health Sciences, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2021, pp. 547-556

 en Exploring unsafe sexual practices among truck drivers at Meerut District, India: a cross-sectional study
Pundhir, Ashish; Shukla, Arvind; Goel, Akhil Dhanesh; Pundhir, Pooja; Gupta, Manoj Kumar; Parashar, Pawan & Varshney, Amit Mohan


Background: Despite implementation of HIV prevention programmes for truck drivers in India, unsafe sex behavior among truck drivers has been documented.
Objective: The objective of this study was to assess knowledge about HIV Transmission and modes of prevention, pattern of condom use with high risk partners and explore the practice of unsafe sex and its risk factors among truck drivers.
Methods: This exploratory cross-sectional study design was conducted on a recruited convenient sample of 100 truck drivers above 18 years from March to May 2015. Binary logistic regression was used to compute unadjusted odds ratio [95% Confidence Interval] for establishing association of risk factors with unsafe sex.
Results: Overall, only 7% had complete knowledge about HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention. 54% of truck drivers have sex with a high risk partner (commercial sexual worker or men having sex with men) and thirty-eight percent reported unsafe sexual practices due to inconsistent condom use with them. The various risk factors found significantly associated with unsafe sex were mean age of first intercourse (OR= 0.92, 95% CI: 0.75 – 0.97), access to pornography (OR = 4.4, 95% CI: 1.8 – 10.7) and conuming psychoactive substance before sex (OR = 4.06, 95% CI: 1.09 – 15.02).
Conclusion: Socio-demographic, occupational factors, pornography access and consuming psychoactive substances seems to influence the sexual behaviour of truckers.

Unsafe sex; truck drivers; psychoactive substance; HIV; AIDS.

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