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The aim of this investigation was to estimate the prevalence of high-risk behaviors in Iranian LDTDs. LDTDs were recruited via convenience sampling and given a item reliable and valid questionnaire to assess sexual health risk behaviors and demographic and background characteristics of study participants.
A total of LDTDs with the mean age of Majority of the LDTDs were married Iranian LDTDs have specific risk factors for unhealthy sexual behaviors. Prevention efforts must emphasize on specific high-risk groups. HIV is a global pandemic that continues to affect millions of people worldwide. The vast majority of people living with HIV are from low and middle-income countries 2. Although injection drug use IDU has been primarily described as the main route of transmission, high risk heterosexual contacts have also been speculated as the second most prevalent way of HIV acquisition 3 , 4.
In order to effectively manage and plan prevention and control of HIV, it is crucial to identify high-risk groups. Visiting Commercial Sex Workers CSCs or unpaid causal sexual partners, inconsistent condom use, and illicit drug use including intravenous drug use, by LDTDs have been mentioned as their most influential high-risk behaviors 12 — Risk factors such as working long hours sleep deprivation, inadequate rest and relaxation, being away from home and support systems, and driving in hazardous conditions place the LDTDs at an increased risk for possible use or abuse of alcohol and drugs Similarly, in Nigeria, the majority Consistent with such high rates of risky sexual behavior in truckers, a study of Indian truck drivers found that more than 1 in 20 had had more than 5 sexual partners and the majority More than half a million active public drivers are registered in domestic goods transportation sector in Iran.
These individuals embark on more than 26 million trips with average distance of km in each trip, every year Jabbari et al. However, there was no high risk behavior assessment in this study. We used a cross sectional study design and data was collected for a week in Jun LDTDs were eligible for the study if they spent at least 3 days away from home in a week because of their working travels. They were selected via a convenience sampling. Demographic and behavioral information were collected by same-sex interviewer using semi-structured questionnaire with eligible LDTDs in Tehran Province trucks parking lot located in south of Tehran where about LDTDs enter every day.
Participation in the research was voluntary. All participants were informed about the research project by presenting an oral informed consent.