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Poster

Is Substance Use a Barrier to Protected Sex Among Homeless Women?

Poster Session I - Board: I-116
Friday, May 22, 2009, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Yerba Buena 7

Joan S. Tucker
RAND Corporation

Suzanne L. Wenzel
RAND Corporation

Daniela Golinelli
RAND Corporation

Gery Ryan
RAND Corporation

Annie Zhou
RAND Corporation

Robin Beckman
RAND Corporation

David P. Kennedy
RAND Corporation

Harold D. Green
RAND Corporation

Challenging the common belief that drinking necessarily increases the risk of unprotected sex, this study of 445 homeless women found that drinking prior to sex was associated with an increased likelihood of condom use. This association could be explained by partner type and whether condom use was discussed prior to sex.

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Walter Mischel