About this Research Topic
Perceived risk, perceived norms, normative beliefs and self efficacy are few examples from a long list of psychological and cognitive determinants of HIV risk behaviors. However, the influence of these factors may change based on demographic (e.g. race/ethnicity, gender, and age), social (social support and social network) and contextual (e.g. neighborhood crime and drug availability) factors. The effect of these constructs may also vary from one risk behavior to another.
To give an example, literature has suggested that risk perception is stronger among women. It has been also shown that gender may modify the association between environmental risk perception and individual behavior.
The current call for papers has a focus on psychological and social determinants of HIV risk behaviors such as unsafe sex, and shared drug injection. Populations of interest include general population (adults and adolescents), substance users, IV drug users, sex workers, and men who have sex with men.
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