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Title

Stimulant Use Patterns and HIV Transmission Risk Among HIV-Serodiscordant Male Couples.

Authors

KE Gamarel, SE Woolf-King, AW Carrico, et al

Network Affiliation

Other

Organization

 

Journal Name

JAIDS

Publication Date

2/1/2015

PubMed Search

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25590269

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PMID

25590269

Abstract

BACKGROUND::

Substance use is strongly linked to HIV risk, and members of couples can have a powerful influence on each other's health behaviors. We examined whether couple-level patterns of stimulant use were differentially associated with engaging in condomless anal intercourse with primary partners and outside partners.

METHODS::

Members of HIV serodiscordant male couples (N = 117 couples, 232 men) completed surveys, and HIV-positive men had blood drawn for viral load.

RESULTS::

Results revealed that stimulant use by only one partner in the couple was associated with a decrease in the odds of engaging in condomless anal sex with one's primary partner (AOR = 0.09, 95% CI: 0.01, 0.89). When both partners reported stimulant use, the HIV-negative partner had an increase in the odds of condomless sex with outside partners (AOR = 6.68, 95% CI: 1.09, 8.01).

CONCLUSIONS::

Understanding the role of couples' stimulant use patterns in HIV transmission risk is an important area for future research and intervention.

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Topic

Behavior; MSM; Serodiscordant Couples; Substance Abuse

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