HIV Risk Behaviors Among Latina Women Tested for HIV in Florida by Country of Birth, 2012

Janelle Taveras, Mary Jo Trepka, Hafiz Khan, Purnima Madhivanan, Erica L. Gollub, Jessy Devieux

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Latina women in the United States (US) are disproportionately affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Data are limited on the risk differences in HIV among Latinas by country of birth. This paper describes the risk behaviors among Latina women tested for HIV at public sites in Florida. Multivariate logistic regression was used to assess the demographic characteristics associated with the report of specific risk behaviors. Results indicate that foreign-born Latina women were 54 % less likely to report partner risk [95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.40, 0.54] than US-born Latina women. Reported risk behaviors varied by race/ethnicity, US-born versus foreign-born status, and by Latina country of origin. Knowledge of these differences can aid in targeting HIV prevention messaging, program decision-making, and allocation of resources, corresponding to the central approach of High Impact Prevention and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1104-1114
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Foreign-born
  • High Impact Prevention
  • HIV
  • Latinas
  • Risk behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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