This in-press article at American Journal on Addictions, by Don Calsyn and Mary Hatch-Maillette of the Pacific Northwest Node and colleagues, looked at a small subset of participants from protocol CTN-0018 to determine if there was evidence of a causative link between sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol and risky sex for men in substance abuse treatment. In this high risk sample, a causative link between sex under the influence and risky sexual behavior was not supported.
These findings reinforce the hypothesis that sex under the influences needs to be treated primarily as a relapse prevention issue, rather than an HIV/STD prevention issue.
Citation: Calsyn DA, Baldwin H, Niu X, Crits-Christoph P, Hatch-Maillette MA. Sexual Risk Behavior and Sex Under the Influence: An Event Analysis of Men in Substance Abuse Treatment Who Have Sex with Women. American Journal on Addictions 2011 (in press). Find it in the CTN Dissemination Library.