Gender-based violence, alcohol use, and sexual risk among female patrons of drinking venues in Cape Town, South Africa

Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 05/07/2012

A hierarchical logistic regression analysis showed that after controlling for alcohol use sexual risk behavior remained significantly associated with gender–based violence, particularly with meeting a new sex partner at the bar, recent STI diagnosis, and engaging in transactional sex, but not protected intercourse or number of partners. In South Africa where heavy drinking is prevalent women may be at particular risk of physical abuse from intimate partners as well as higher sexual risk. Interventions that aim to reduce gender–based violence and sexual risk behaviors must directly work to reduce drinking behavior.

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