Perceptions of Safer Sexual Behaviors within the HIV/AIDS Community in Bangladesh

By Naznine Anwar.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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It is hoped that people with HIV/AIDS will practice safe sex for healthier living and to protect their partners from infection. To do this, more clarity is needed about safe sex practices. In Bangladesh, there is a lack of research toward safer sex behavior among the HIV positive community. This paper explains a study on the perceptions and obstructing factors of safe sexual practices within the HIV/AIDS circles in Bangladesh. The study was exploratory and applied a qualitative method for investigating the main research. Informal group discussions and in-depth interviews were also used. It was ultimately found that maintaining consistent safe sex behavior is always a struggle for intimate partners. Among those with HIV/AIDS, using condoms is a common method of protection, though many also feel that such obligations decrease their sexual enjoyment. It also found that infected females are more likely to use condoms and practice safe sex compared to infected males.

Keywords: People with HIV/AIDS, Safer Sex, Practice of Safer Sex, Condom Use, Barriers of Condom Use

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.13-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 446.176KB).

Naznine Anwar

MPH Graduate, James P. Grant School of Public Health, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Attaining a post graduate degree in Psychology from the Department of Psychology, University of Dhaka, Naznine Anwar worked for five and a half years in the field of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. She started her career as a HIV Counselor and in a span of couple of years worked as a Counseling Supervisor in the USAID Funded HIV Positive Care and Support Health Program and spearheaded an urban HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for vulnerable populations. She also worked as a Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Center and Counseling Coordinator at CARE-Bangladesh. As a Research Officer under the Public Health Science Division of ICDDRB, she worked on developing the research protocol for an STI partner notification study. Prior to attending the Master of Public Health program at James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, she was working as a Technical Officer (VCT) for Family Health International, and was responsible for planning and coordinating the VCT program among the vulnerable population through the nationwide local development organizations under the Bangladesh AIDS Program since 2006. She attended and facilitated a number of workshops on HIV/AIDS as a Master Trainer. She received her MPH degree in 2009. Currently she is doing her PhD research at the School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.