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Association between intimate partner violence against women and HIV-risk behaviors: Findings from the Nepal Demographic Health Survey
Authors: Shrestha R, and Copenhaver MM.
Source: Violence Against Women, 22(13):1621-1641; DOI: 10.1177/1077801216628690
Topic(s): HIV/AIDS
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Sexual behavior
Country: Asia
Published: NOV 2016
Abstract: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant global health issue and has been associated with an increased HIV-related risk and vulnerability to HIV infection. This study examined the potential relationship between IPV and HIV-risk behaviors among women in Nepal. Our findings revealed that IPV against women was associated with the presence of HIV-risk behaviors, such as history of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), multiple sex partners, inconsistent condom use, partner with known HIV risks, and inability to negotiate safer sexual practices. This highlights a need to develop effective interventions aimed at eliminating IPV to decrease the disproportionate burden of adverse health outcomes, including STIs/HIV among women.