chapter  6
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Risk Factors in Sexual Relationships

A number of factors place the prison population at risk of con­ tracting the HIV virus. However, homosexuality per se is not one of them. Each one of the sexual contacts described earlier may take place in a safe or an unsafe manner. A 1989 study on infection risk among transvestites identified several factors that facilitate the spread of the AIDS virus. It is important to consider their impact on sexual relations among inmates.