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Risk factors for sexually-transmitted diseases among deployed U.S. military personnel

Risk factors for sexually-transmitted diseases among deployed U.S. military personnel

Sexually Transmitted Diseases 20(5): 294-298

Background and Objectives: Information regarding risk factors for STD transmission is needed to assist in designing and evaluating prevention and control programs for US military populations. Goal of this study: To obtain STD risk factor data among deployed U.S. military personnel. Study Design: A questionnaire survey was administered to military personnel deployed aboard ship for six months to South America, West Africa, and the Mediterranean during 1989-1991. Results: Among 1,744 male subjects (mean age, 23 years; 71% white; 96% enlisted), 49% reported prior sexual contact with a prostitute and 22% reported a history of a STD before deployment. During the subsequent six-month deployment, 42% reported sexual contact with a prostitute. 10% reported inconsistent use of condoms, and 10% acquired a new STD. By logistic regression analysis, sexual contact with a prostitute during deployment was independently associated with young age, nonwhite race/ethnicity, and being unmarried or divorced; inconsistent use of condoms was associated with Hispanic race/ethnicity. Conclusion: These data indicate that deployed U.S. military personnel frequently engage in high-risk sexual behavior and that there is a continued need for comprehensive and culturally-sensitive STD prevention programs.

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PMID: 8235929

DOI: 10.1097/00007435-199309000-00011

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