Sexually Transmitted Disease Rates and High-Risk Sexual Behaviors in Borderline Personality Disorder Versus Borderline Personality Disorder With Substance Use Disorder

    loading  Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid



We examined the rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in women with borderline personality disorder (BPD) (using PDE and SCID-II) and substance abuse or dependence (SCID-I) (BPD-SUD) (N = 82) compared with those with BPD-only (N = 102), exploring mediators of this relationship. Participants were interviewed about STD history (gonorrhea, genital herpes, syphilis, trichomonas, human papillomavirus, and HIV), condom use, number of sexual partners, poverty, and prostitution. BPD-SUD appeared to be particularly at high risk for STDs, reporting significantly more STDs than BPD (F[1,172]= 11.74, p = 0.001, d =.27), particularly for gonorrhea, trichomonas, and human papillomavirus. The relationship between BPD-SUD and STDs is mediated by poverty, prostitution in the last year, recent unprotected sex with two or more partners, and >20 lifetime partners (z = –2.16 which is p= 0.03), with prostitution alone making a significant contribution to this relationship (z = –2.49, p = 0.01).

Related Topics

    loading  Loading Related Articles