PROJECT: A serological and behavioral assessment of HIV infection in the Belize Defense Force.
In 2009, the Belize Defense Force was working with the United States Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program on its HIV Prevention Program. A baseline Biological and Behavioral Surveillance Survey of HIV infection was desired to better inform and monitor ongoing prevention efforts.
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of HIV infection among military personnel in the Belize Defense Force, determine the prevalence of HIV-risk behaviors among FFAA personnel; and to determine potential behavioral drivers of the epidemic. The research was funded by the United States Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, and the principal investigator was Dr. Michael Anastario. Publications derived from this project include the following:
Hallum-Montes R, D’Souza R, Chun H, Dann GE, Anastario M. Condom use during last sexual contact and last 30 days in two samples of Caribbean military personnel. American Journal of Men’s Health, forthcoming.
Anastario M, Manzanero R, Blanco R, et al. HIV infection, sexual risk behaviour and condom use in the Belize defense force. International Journal of STD & AIDS. Feb;22(2):73-79.