PROJECT: STI/HIV/AIDS risk behavior among Dominican military personnel: A behavioral assessment of personnel stationed on the western border region with Haiti.

This study was the first to assess the prevalence and determinants of high risk sexual behavior within a select sample of FFAA personnel in the Dominican Republic. 

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence and determinants of high risk sexual behavior among FFAA personnel stationed at border crossing zones on the DR’s western border with Haiti.  The study provided the FFAA with baseline data on types of high risk sexual behavior and a characterization of the determinants of sexual risk behavior (such as attitudes, knowledge, preventive behavior, stigma, mental health, and alcohol use) which were used to improve and inform prevention and programming strategies in the region.  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:

Anastario MP, Tavarez MI, Chun H. Sexual risk behavior among military personnel stationed at border-crossing zones in the Dominican Republic. Pan American Journal of Public Health. Nov;28(5):361-367.

 Chun H, Tavarez MI, Dann GE, Anastario MP. Interviewer gender and self-reported sexual behavior and mental health among male military personnel. International Journal of Public Health. Aug 31.

 Tavarez MI, Chun H, Anastario MP. Correlates of sexual risk behavior in sexually active male military personnel stationed along border-crossing zones in the Dominican Republic. American Journal of Men’s Health. Jan;5(1):65-77.