Study: Women,fearing AIDS,alter behavior

May 15, 1991|By Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON -- Nearly one-third of all sexually experienced single women in the United States have changed their sexual behavior because they are worried about AIDS, federal health officials report.

"It is encouraging that a substantial number of unmarried women at higher risk recognize the dangers of HIV infection and have taken positive steps to lessen that risk," said Dr. William Roper, director of the Centers for Disease Control.

The study, conducted by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, showed that 31 percent of unmarried women who have had intercourse said that they have made one or more changes in their sexual practices, such as restricting their sexual activity to one partner or only to men they know well. The findings indicated that such changes are widespread, and "AIDS appears to be one central reason for it," said William Mosher, a co-author of the study released yesterday.

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