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HIV-related high-risk behavior and awareness regarding HIV among the male workers at a construction site in Karnataka

Geethu Mathew, Deepthi Shanbhag, Sharan Subramanian, Carol Lobo, Alex Xavier, Prudhvi Dasari, Naveen Ramesh, Ramakrishna Goud.

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Background: Sexual behavior is an important determinant of sexually transmitted diseases transmission. It is essential to understand the HIV-related high-risk behavior among high-risk groups like migrants to design evidence-based intervention.

Objectives: This study was undertaken to assess HIV-related high-risk behavior and awareness among male construction workers.

Materials and Methods: A total of 404 male workers were enrolled in a cross-sectional study at a construction area in Karnataka. Behavioral Surveillance Survey questionnaire was used to collect information regarding sexual behavior and their knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS.

Results: The mean age of workers was 25.6 7.3 years. Among workers, 82.2% of them heard about AIDS and 66.8% (270) could tell at least two correct mode of transmission of HIV. Mean age of first sexual intercourse was 22 9.4 years among married and 18.9 2.8 years among unmarried. Nearly 25% and 56% had their first sexual intercourse

Key words: Construction Workers; HIV; High-Risk Behavior

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