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HIV-infected are found prone to physical abuse

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Men and women with HIV infection are prone to physical abuse from their partners or intimates, and nearly half report their HIV status as a cause of the violence, according to a study at Brown University School of Medicine.

Overall, 20.5 percent of women, 11.5 percent of homosexual men and 7.5 percent of the heterosexual men reported physical harm since diagnosis.

Drug dependence, homelessness and unemployment were the factors most strongly associated with partner/relationship violence.