HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Alcohol use, thrill-seeking prove bad mix for HIV-positive men

HIV-positive men who seek new experiences and think alcohol improves sex are more likely to have unprotected sex, according to a new study.

Most HIV prevention programs target risk-takers who are not already infected. Many of the same factors that motivate risky behavior in the uninfected may be present in those who could potentially infect them, says Seth C. Kalichman, Ph.D., who conducted the study while at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The research by Kalichman, now a professor of social psychology at the University of Connecticut, and his colleagues appears in the August issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

"In general populations there is evidence that the relationship between substance use and sexual risk behavior is at least in part explained by personality dispositions that motivate multiple risk-taking behaviors," Kalichman says. He uses the term "sensation seeking" to describe the tendency to seek out highly arousing sensory stimulation.

In their study, Kalichman and colleagues found that HIV-positive men who were sensation seekers were more likely to have unprotected sex, regardless of alcohol use, while alcohol use also predicted unsafe sex, independent of sensation seeking.

Alcohol did play a role in driving sensation seekers to engage in risky sex if they believed that drinking would enhance their sexual experience, the researchers report.

The latter finding may offer insight into improving tactics for reducing risky behavior in HIV-positive men. "Cognitive approaches to challenging beliefs about the effects of alcohol on sexual performance and arousal can be incorporated into existing risk reduction interventions," the researchers say.

Study data was collected on 197 HIV-positive men in Atlanta. The majority of the men were black and 66 percent said they were gay.

Statements such as "I would like to try bungee jumping" and "I get bored seeing the same ol
'"/>

Contact: Allison Thompson
allison.thompson@uconn.edu
860-486-3530
Center for the Advancement of Health
16-Aug-2002


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Alcohol relapse adversely affects 10-year liver transplant survival
2. Alcohol intervention attempted for violent males
3. Alcohols damaging effects on adolescent brain function
4. Alcohol drinkers three times as likely to die from injury
5. Alcohol: Global burden on health similar to tobacco and high blood pressure
6. Alcoholics can have deficits in visuoperception and frontal executive function despite sobriety
7. RFA safe for treating liver tumors pushing on GI tract; Alcohol injection makes RFA more effective
8. Alcohol consumption may be associated with irregular heart beat in men
9. Alcohol use and victimization among college women
10. Alcohol limit for drink driving should be much lower
11. Alcohol-related emergency department visits higher than previously thought

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/25/2016)... ... , ... The 12th session of the Silicon Valley BioTalks will take place ... CA. This Bay Area biotech event will focus on “Setting Up Early Stage Clinical ... company Hallux, biopharma Apexigen, Contract Research Organization (CRO) Experien Group, and Electronic Data Capture ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... “We are very pleased to ... Advisors. “Brad brings significant experience advising healthcare provider clients throughout the country. As ... implementation of MACRA, we believe that continuing to add professionals with deep experience ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... The Georgia State University College of Law new building ... Design Commission. , The annual award recognizes projects, programs, individuals and organizations that have ... of its physical heritage and the balance between the old and the new. , ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... May 25, 2016 ... ... abuse located in Central Michigan, has produced another video highlighting one of the ... their Martial Arts class. Sensei Ed Taylor, a 5 th Degree Black Belt ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... According to an article published May 5th on The Daily ... their breath. In fact, it found that more than a third cited unappealing breath a ... by pungent foods or a failure to brush after meals, can typically be attributed to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... Germany and GERMANTOWN, Maryland ... (NASDAQ: QGEN ; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today ... co-development agreement with Therawis Diagnostics GmbH to develop and commercialize ... develop and market PITX2 as a marker to predict effectiveness ... cancer patients. "We are pleased to partner with ...
(Date:5/25/2016)...  According to Kalorama Information, the world market ... Though these are challenging times in the market, ... for companies that remain optimistic and seek innovation.  ... prospects medical device companies spend a higher percentage ... than do companies in other industries.  Also, in ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... CORAL SPRINGS, Florida , May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Marijuana Business Conference & Expo earlier this month, the ... undeniable. As revenues continue to climb into the billions, ... to the newly released 4th Edition State of Legal ... New Frontier, a cannabis-focused data-analysis firm, much of the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: