Douching practices among HIV infected and uninfected adolescents in the United States.

Vermund SH, Sarr M, Murphy DA, Levin L, Abdalian SE, Ma Y, Crowley-Nowick PA, Wilson CM, Adolescent Medicine HIV/AIDS Research Network
J Adolesc Health. 2001 29 (3 Suppl): 80-6

PMID: 11530307 · DOI:10.1016/s1054-139x(01)00284-1

PURPOSE - To characterize sexual behaviors and sociodemographic factors that are associated with douching among geographically diverse adolescent women with and without HIV infection.

METHODS - HIV infected subjects recruited preferentially and behaviorally comparable high-risk HIV uninfected subjects were enrolled in a prospective HIV study from 15 sites in 13 U.S. cities. Baseline interview data from 1996 to 1999 for females aged 12 to 19 years were analyzed using one-way analysis of variance and multiple logistic regression.

RESULTS - Among the 342 females/young women, 74.9% were black (non-Hispanic), 11.1% Hispanic/Latina, and 14.0% white or other race/ethnicity; 63.5% were HIV infected. Young women who had dropped out of high school comprised 23.4% of subjects. In the 3 months before the interview, 179 (52.3%) adolescents had douched at least once. In a multivariable logistic regression model, recent douching was more common among sexually active females (OR = 2.2; 95% CI: 1.2-4.2), Blacks (OR = 2.2; 95% CI: 1.2-4.1 vs. Hispanics/Whites/others), females who dropped out of high school (OR = 2.1; 95% CI: 1.2-3.7), and HIV infected females (OR = 1.7; 95% CI: 1.04-2.7).

CONCLUSIONS - In this nationwide study, adolescents who are sexually active, African-American, dropped out of high school, and HIV infected were most likely to douche. Interventions to discourage douching should pay special attention to these populations.

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Adolescent Adolescent Behavior African Americans Child Cultural Characteristics Educational Status Ethnic Groups Female Humans Prospective Studies Risk Factors Sexual Behavior Student Dropouts Therapeutic Irrigation

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