Intimate partner violence and STI

This study was recently released. The authors looked at intimate partner violence (IPV) – what some call "domestic abuse" – among a sample of married women in Bangladesh and how IPV is related to women’s symptoms of sexually transmissible infections (STI). In this random sample of nearly 2865 women, the researchers found that more than one third of the women (38%) had experienced IPV in the year previous to the study. They also found that IPV was related, as you might guess, to STI symptoms. This problem is not limited only to women in Bangladesh nor is it limited only to married women, or even just to women. If you’d like a broader context on these types of problems, check out the article here.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at