The relation of alcohol use to HIV-risk sexual behavior among adults with a severe and persistent mental illness

Lance S. Weinhardt, Michael P. Carey, Kate B. Carey, Stephen A Maisto, Christopher M. Gordon

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The authors examined the relationship between alcohol use and HIV-risk sexual behavior and tested whether alcohol use immediately prior to sex is related to decreased condom use. The participants were 159 adults living with a severe and persistent mental illness. Each participated in a structured interview to assess all sexual and drug-use behavior over a 3-month period. Analysis of 3,026 sexual behaviors reported by 123 sexually active participants indicated that at the global level, participants who drank more heavily were more likely to have engaged in sexual risk behavior. At the event level, however, alcohol use was not related to condom use during vaginal or anal intercourse; that is, participants who used Condoms when sober tended to use them to the same extent when drinking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-84
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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