Sexual Risk Behavior and Sex Under the Influence

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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.

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