Evidence-Based Recommendations for Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Angolan Armed Forces - Challenges and Opportunities at the End of 30 Years of War
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 170, Number 4, April 2005 , pp. 327-332(6)
Abstract:Objective: The goal was the development of culturally sensitive, evidence-based recommendations for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention for Angolan soldiers. Methods: Eight focus groups (N = 68) were conducted with Angolan soldiers in 2002. Qualitative data were analyzed for soldiers’ HIV/sexually transmitted infections (STIs)-related knowledge and behaviors. Results: More than 37% of participants reported having more than one sexual partner at the time of the study. Many soldiers had little knowledge regarding HIV/STI transmission and symptoms, and most did not use condoms. Soldiers identified the following factors that need to be addressed in HIV/STI prevention campaigns among military personnel: lack of HIV awareness and knowledge, limited condom availability and use, heavy alcohol use before sex, and the tendency to have multiple sexual partners. Conclusions: Recommendations for prevention in the Angolan military are presented. A multifaceted HIV prevention program for the Angolan military that addresses informational, interpersonal, and system-level barriers must be implemented now.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Drew Center for AIDS Research, Education, and Services, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1651 E. 120th Street, Building E, Los Angeles, CA 90059. 2: Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 3333 California Street, Suite 245, Box 0503, San Francisco, CA 94143-0503. 3: Divisao dos Servicos de Saude do Estado Major General das Forcas Armadas Angolanas DSS/EMG/FAA, Caixa Postal 822, Luanda, Angola.
Publication date: 2005-04-01
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