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Recreational drug use and risks of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among Chinese men who have sex with men: Mediation through multiple sexual partnerships

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Title
Recreational drug use and risks of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among Chinese men who have sex with men: Mediation through multiple sexual partnerships
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BMC Infectious Diseases, December 2014
DOI 10.1186/s12879-014-0642-9
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Jun-Jie Xu, Chen Zhang, Qing-Hai Hu, Zhen-Xing Chu, Jing Zhang, Yong-Ze Li, Lin Lu, Zhe Wang, Ji-Hua Fu, Xi Chen, Hong-Jing Yan, Ming-Hua Zhuang, Yong-Jun Jiang, Wen-Qing Geng, Sten H Vermund, Hong Shang, Han-Zhu Qian

Abstract

BackgroundRecreational drug use (RDU) may result in sexual disinhibition and higher risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China. We assessed whether RDU was associated with HIV, syphilis, and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) within the context of multiple sexual partnerships and unprotected sex.MethodsWe conducted a cross-sectional study among sexually-active MSM in six Chinese cities (Kunming, Jinan, Changsha, Zhengzhou, Nanjing, and Shanghai) in 2012¿2013. We interviewed participants regarding RDU and sexual activity and drew blood for HIV, syphilis, and HSV-2. We fit multiple logistic regression models to assess associations of drug use and HIV, syphilis and HSV-2 infections, controlling for number of sexual partners and unprotected sex.ResultsOf 3830 participants, 28% reported ever using ¿1 of these drugs in the past 6 months: popper (alkyl nitrites), ecstasy, ice (methamphetamine), amphetamine, tramadol, and ketamine. In the past six months, 62% of MSM reported ¿2 sexual partners and 76% did not use condoms at last sexual encounter. HIV, syphilis and HSV-2 prevalences were 9.2%, 12.2%, and 10.3%, respectively.RDU was associated with HIV infection (aOR¿=¿1.67; 95% CI, 1.31-2.13). Men with RDU were more likely to report multiple sexual partners (OR¿=¿1.69; 95% CI, 1.44-1.98) and unprotected sex (aOR¿=¿1.25; 95% CI, 1.05-1.49). The RDU-HIV association persisted (aOR¿=¿1.58; 95% CI¿=¿1.23-2.02) after adjusting for numbers of partners.ConclusionsRDU was associated with multiple sexual partnerships, unprotected sex, and HIV among Chinese MSM. It is plausible that RDU is a driver of increased sexual/HIV risk and/or may be an associated behavior with sexually risky lifestyles. Community engagement is needed.

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Country Count As %
United States 1 1%
Unknown 72 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 12 16%
Other 9 12%
Student > Master 8 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 11%
Student > Bachelor 7 10%
Other 14 19%
Unknown 15 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 22 30%
Psychology 12 16%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 8%
Social Sciences 6 8%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 3%
Other 4 5%
Unknown 21 29%

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