Anxiety and depression strongly associated with sexual risk behaviors among networks of young men in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Lauren M. Hill, Suzanne Maman, Mrema Noel Kilonzo, Lusajo Joel Kajula

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This study tested the association between mental health scores and sexual risk behaviors among male members of social groups known as “camps” in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Anxiety and depression were measured using the HSCL-25 and condom use and sexual partner concurrency were assessed through self-report. A total of 1113 sexually active men with an average age of 27 years were included in the analyses. Higher anxiety and depression scores were significantly associated with both condom use (Anxiety AOR = 0.58, 95% CI: 0.44, 0.77; Depression AOR = 0.60, 95% CI: 0.47, 0.77) and concurrency (Anxiety AOR = 2.32, 95% CI: 1.73, 3.12; Depression AOR = 2.08, 95% CI: 1.60, 2.70). The results of this study provide information salient to the development of effective HIV prevention interventions targeting populations with high burdens of anxiety and depression. The feasibility and effect of integrating mental health promotion activities into HIV prevention interventions should be explored.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages252-258
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

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Risk-Taking
risk behavior
Sexual Behavior
Anxiety
Depression
anxiety
Condoms
Mental Health Associations
mental health
HIV
Sexual Partners
Health Promotion
health promotion
Self Report
Mental Health
Population

Keywords

  • HIV
  • mental health
  • sexual risk
  • Tanzania
  • young men

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  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Anxiety and depression strongly associated with sexual risk behaviors among networks of young men in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. / Hill, Lauren M.; Maman, Suzanne; Kilonzo, Mrema Noel; Kajula, Lusajo Joel.

In: AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, Vol. 29, No. 2, 01.02.2017, p. 252-258.

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