Sexually Transmitted Infections Among African American Women Who Have Sex With Women (WSHP)
The purpose of this study is to determine rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among African American women who have sex with women (AAWSW). In addition, the study is interested in better understanding the types of risk behaviors that place AAWSW at risk for STIs. The investigators hypothesis is that AAWSW experience high rates of STIs, similar to heterosexual African American women. Knowledge gained from this study will guide development of interventions to reduce women's risk for these types of infections and will improve how AAWSW are screened for STIs.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Sexually Transmitted Infections Among African American Women Who Have Sex With Women|
- Sexually Transmitted Infection Diagnosis [ Time Frame: 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Biospecimen Retention: Samples With DNA
One vaginal swab and one endocervical swab to be stored for future studies.
|Study Start Date:||August 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||October 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
African American Women Who Have Sex with Women/African American Women Who Have Sex with Women and Men
The objectives of this study are (1) To determine the prevalence of bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, Mycoplasma genitalium, HIV, genital herpes, and syphilis and associated risk behaviors in a cohort of African American women who have sex with women (AAWSW) in Birmingham, Alabama; (2) To compare exclusive AAWSW (during the past 12 months) to African American women who have sex with women and men (AAWSWM) in terms of socio-demographic characteristics, sexual risk behavior characteristics, and STI prevalence; and(3) To perform an exploratory prospective study of an age-matched (± 2 years) sub-group of exclusive AAWSW and AAWSWM over a 12 month time period to obtain data on differences in STI risk behaviors and STI incidence rates.
|United States, Alabama|
|Jefferson County Health Department|
|Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35233|
|UAB Personal Health Clinic|
|Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294|
|Principal Investigator:||Christina A Muzny, MD||University of Alabama at Birmingham|