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Title: The Potential Role of Circuit Parties in the Spread of HIV Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Asia: A Call for Targeted Prevention
Authors: Doug H. Cheung
Sin How Lim
Thomas E. Guadamuz
Stuart Koe
Chongyi Wei
UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
Harvard School of Public Health
University of Malaya
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Mahidol University
ICM Pharma Pte Ltd
University of California, San Francisco
Keywords: Arts and Humanities;Psychology
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2014
Citation: Archives of Sexual Behavior. Vol.44, No.2 (2014), 389-397
Abstract: © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York. We postulated that the growing popularity of circuit parties may play a role in the escalating HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Asia. The present study is the first to characterize the sociodemographic and HIV-related behavioral factors of circuit party attendees living in Asia. We analyzed a subset of data from the Asia Internet MSM Sex Survey conducted from January 1 to February 28, 2010. Inclusion criteria included: being biologically male, aged 18 years or above, self-reported sex with another man, and reported international travel in the past 6 months (N = 6,094). From our multivariable logistic regression model, participants’ resident country with low HIV prevalence (among MSM) (AOR 1.59, 95 % CI 1.27–2.00) and country of destination with high HIV prevalence were independently associated with higher odds of circuit party attendance (AOR 1.32, 95 % CI 1.14–1.53) during international travel. Statistical interaction indicated circuit party attendees were likely to have traveled from low HIV prevalence (among MSM) countries to high HIV prevalence countries (AOR 1.40, 95 % CI 1.20–1.64). Other independent correlates included unprotected anal sex with a male casual sex partner and recreational drug use during travel. HIV and STI prevention focusing on circuit party attendees may have a pivotal role on the spread of the HIV epidemics among MSM in Asia.
ISSN: 00040002
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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