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Revista Colombia Médica
Universidad del Valle - Facultad de Salud
ISSN: 0120-8322
EISSN: 0120-8322
Vol. 44, No. 1, 2013, pp. 7-12
Bioline Code: rc13002
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Revista Colombia Médica, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2013, pp. 7-12

 en HIV and risk behaviors of persons of low socio-economic status, Popayan-Colombia (2008-2009)
Mueses, Hector Fabio; Pinzón, María Virginia; Tello, Inés Constanzaa; Rincón-Hoyos, Hernan Gilberto & Galindo, Jaime


Objective: to determine HIV presence and risk behaviors of persons of low socio-economic status in the city of Popayan- Colombia.
Methods: Cross-sectional study; between 2008 and 2009, 363 participants of Popayan signed informed consent and received pre and post HIV test counseling. Socio-demographic characteristics and history of STDs, risk behaviors and previous HIV testing were assessed. Descriptive statistics, correlations and multivariate logistic regression were calculated
Results: Mean age 33,5±10,2; 66%women.Frequency of HIV-positive patients was 3.86% (95% CI: 1.87-5.85), greater in men (7.38%; p=0,013). Greater frequency of HIV-positive patients was observed in people age 29-37, those without a stable partner, and those with history of risky alcohol consumption (more than five drinks in 2 hours) .
Conclusions: HIV-positive patients frequency in this population was greater than national estimate for general population, aged 15-49 in Colombia, with even greater frequency in men. This study suggests that characteristics associated with low socioeconomic status, in economically active population, without a stable partner and with risky alcohol use, can potentially increase risk of HIV infection

HIV, Risk Factors, Health Promotion, Alcohol Drinking, adults, Poverty

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