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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 226--229

Study of sexual behavior in male soldiers for STD/HIV prevention opportunities

Classified Specialist (Dermatology & STD), Military Hospital, Secunderabad, Senior Adviser, 167 Military Hospital, c/o 56 APO, India

Correspondence Address:
N S Walia
Classified Specialist (Dermatology & STD), Dept of Dermatology & STD, Military Hospital, Secunderabad, Trimulgherry, Secunderabad - 500015
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BACKGROUND: A survey was undertaken in patients of sexually transmitted infections with the aim of exploring STD and HIV prevention opportunities. METHODS: A behavioral survey was conducted on 56 soldiers while being treated or followed up for a sexually transmitted disease. They were studied for their attitude and sexual activity patterns relevant to the transmission of STDs. In addition, the individual's outlook to sexual life and motivation factors was assessed. RESULTS: The study revealed that the source of infection of STD was equally divided between commercial sex worker (CSW) and casual sexual relationships. The majority did not use barrier contraceptives and knowledge about their protective role was insufficient. Access to health education was satisfactory; however, awareness levels for preventive action were still inadequate. Homosexuality was rare and most soldiers could stay without frequent sex. Alcohol was not found to be a significant co-factor. CONCLUSIONS: Heterosexual contact remains the main route of sexual contact. A wide variation in casual relationships and motivating factors was noted. Long abstinence and transit periods, traditionally considered major reasons for a soldier's indulgence in sex did not seem to play a major role. The role of sex parlors in the army was negated.


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