Duke University Researchers have found that about one in four adults with HIV were sexually abused as children. This psychological trauma can be indicative of increased likelihood for HIV/AIDS and faster health decline.
The researchers studied more than 600 patients with HIV, ages 20 to 71, and found that about a quarter of them were indeed abused sexually at a young age.
They also found that about half of the patients experienced three or more traumatic events throughout their lives such as enduring physical abuse, or suffering the loss of a child.
Such traumatic experiences were indicative of worse health-related behaviors including instances of unprotected sex.
One can thus conclude the reasons behind reckless sexual behavior, which can lead to a person contracting HIV.