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Recreational drug use and risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among Chinese MSM: Mediation through multiple sexual partnerships


JJ Xu, C. Zhang, QH Hu, et al.

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AIDS and Behavior

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​We assessed HIV and STI prevalence, risk behaviors and factors associated with HIV infection in men who have sex with men (MSM) in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Respondent-driven sampling was used to recruit 400 MSM in 2011-2012. Participants completed a computer-assisted self-interview and provided blood samples. Statistical analysis accounted for differential probability of selection and for recruitment patterns. HIV prevalence was 11.3 %, HSV-2 30.2 %, active syphilis 6.9 % and hepatitis B 1.2 %. In the previous 12 months, 84 % of MSM reported casual male sex partners and 25 % sex work. Only 48 % of MSM consistently used condoms with male partners and 54 % had ever been tested for HIV. Of 17 % of MSM reporting a female partner, consistent condom use was 6 %. HIV infection was associated with age 25 or older, active syphilis and homosexual self-identification. Findings suggest continuing HIV risk and a need to strengthen prevention and testing among MSM.




Behavior; Latino/Latina; MSM; Novel Technologies


Created at 12/5/2014 10:29 AM by Davis, Gregory P
Last modified at 12/5/2014 10:29 AM by Davis, Gregory P