International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


Sexually Transmitted Diseases in US Prisons: Differences between Men and Women Inmates on General Knowledge, Likely and Unlikely Routes of Infection, and Sexual Transmission
Billy Long, Laurie Adams

Two-hundred ninety eight male and 155 female inmates were surveyed measuring knowledge of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome virus, symptoms, and understanding of prevention measures. The device also was adapted to measure their perceptions of personal risk of HIV infection as well as their future behavioural intentions in the areas of IV drug use and risky sex. This article reports on the differences between men and women in the areas of: 1) general knowledge, 2) knowledge of likely routes of transmission; 3) knowledge of unlikely routes of transmission; and 4) knowledge of sexual transmission. Unexpectedly, it was found that male and female inmates are similar in terms of knowledge. Implications are discussed.

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