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Health study seeks truckers

Jill Dunn | July 09, 2010

The federal government is recruiting long-haul truckers as study participants to
develop HIV prevention intervention.

In other nations, sexually transmitted infections are present in 5 percent to
56 percent of long-distance truckers. Researchers say risk factors and
STI/HIV prevalence in U.S. truckers are unknown.

They cite a Florida study of 33 truckers and 15 prostitutes, which found 30 percent of truckers had frequent sex with multiple partners on the road. Few used condoms and many had misconceptions regarding heterosexual HIV transmission.

The current study is expected to have 337 participants and be completed in August. Wake Forest University is conducting the study, with collaboration from the National Institute of Mental Health and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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