Feasibility of obtaining sexual risk and STD history in the context of a drinking drivers' program

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Objectives. This study was designed (a) to assess the feasibility of obtaining data about sexually transmitted diseases and sexual risk behavior in an alternative-to-incarceration program for convicted drinking drivers and (b) to determine whether asking health history and sexual risk questions using an anonymous questionnaire, anonymous interviews, or confidential interviews affected the willingness of people to participate. Methods. The same survey instrument was used across three data collection modes to collect information on sexually transmitted diseases and sexual risk behavior. Results. Overall, there were no differences across modes in self-reports of STDs and details of sexual history. Although the difference in refusal rates between the anonymous questionnaire and the anonymous interview was not significant, the refusal rate for the anonymous questionnaire was significantly higher than the rate for the confidential interview. Those answering the self-administered questionnaire were more likely than those receiving face-to-face interviews to refuse to answer questions about having sex while high and condom use. Conclusions. A drinking driver intervention program may be an appropriate site for health screenings and prevention activities for an at-risk population.
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    Author List

  • Siegal HA; Leviton LC; Cole PA; Wang J; Bachmann L; Hook EW
  • Start Page

  • 341
  • End Page

  • 345
  • Volume

  • 113
  • Issue

  • 4