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Merghati Khoei E, Hoseini nia N, Abolghasemi N, Ommaty S, Golshani F, Bayat A. A Sexual Health Screening Tool in the Adult Population with Substance Abuse Disorders. sjsph. 2016; 14 (3) :15-27
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1- Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Iranian National Center for Addiction Study, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , effat_mer@yahoo.com
2- MSc. Iranian National Center for Addiction Study, Tehran University of Medical Sciences , Tehran, Iran
3- MSc. Iranian National Center for Addiction Study, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- MSc. Student, Iranian National Center for Addiction Study, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
5- BSc. Iranian National Center for Addiction Study, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (1886 Views)

Background and Aim: Substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors are intermingled. Both subjects, however, are highly sensitive issues culturally in some societies such as Iran, making assessment of sexual behaviors difficult and challenging. It is particularly difficult to assess and study risky sexual behaviors in the drug-using population. Thus, it seems essential to develop and validate a comprehensive native instrument specific for the Iranian drug-using population to screen their risky sexual behaviors and in treatment settings.

Materials and Methods: A thorough literature review was made to find a tool utilized in addiction treatment settings.  The Sex and Drug History Form (SDHF) was translated into Persian. Clients (n = 107) referred to the sexual health clinic in the Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies (INCAS) were selected randomly. Questionnaires were completed through face-to-face interviews by trained research assistants. Data analysis was done using the Cronbach`s alpha and exploratory factor analysis.

Results: Cronbach`s alpha was found to be 0.78. Using the principal component analysis, the Sex and Drug Screening Scale (SDSS) revealed 78.6 of the total variance in two main domains, namely, drug-use behaviors and sexual behaviors. The number of subscales in the original instrument, which was 3, increased to 6.

Conclusion: Substance abuse and addiction significantly affect one's sexual behaviors and safety. The Sex and Drug Screening Scale will enable health workers and therapists to assess the patients' sexual health and risky behaviors at admission, which will facilitate planning, implementing and evaluating intervention programs aiming at treating addiction.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Public Health
Received: 2016/12/20 | Accepted: 2016/12/20 | Published: 2016/12/20

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