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Correlates of HIV knowledge and sexual risk behaviors among female military personnel


Uniformed services personnel are at an increased risk of HIV infection. We examined the HIV/AIDS knowledge and sexual risk behaviors among female military personnel to determine the correlates of HIV risk behaviors in this population.


The study used a cross-sectional design to examine HIV/AIDS knowledge and sexual risk behaviors in a sample of 346 females drawn from two military cantonments in Southwestern Nigeria. Data was collected between 2006 and 2007. Using bivariate analysis and multivariate logistic regression, HIV/AIDS knowledge and sexual behaviors were described in relation to socio-demographic characteristics of the participants.


Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that level of education and knowing someone with HIV/AIDS were significant [p < 0.05] predictors of HIV knowledge in this sample. Condom use self-efficacy was significantly [p < 0.05] predicted by annual income and ethnicity. Condom use attitudes were also significantly [p < 0.05] associated with number of children, annual income, and number of sexual partners.


Data indicates the importance of incorporating these predictor variables into intervention designs.

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Correspondence to Ekere Essien.

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Essien, E., Mgbere, O., Ekong, E. et al. Correlates of HIV knowledge and sexual risk behaviors among female military personnel. Retrovirology 7 (Suppl 1), P120 (2010).

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  • Infectious Disease
  • Logistic Regression Analysis
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Risk Behavior
  • Predictor Variable