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Title: Suboptimal HIV Testing Uptake among Men Who Engage in Commercial Sex Work with Men in Asia
Authors: Harry Jin
MacKey Reuel Friedman
Sin How Lim
Thomas E. Guadamuz
Chongyi Wei
San Francisco Department of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
University of Malaya
Mahidol University
University of California, San Francisco
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2016
Citation: LGBT Health. Vol.3, No.6 (2016), 465-471
Abstract: © 2016, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Purpose: Men who have sex with men and are sex workers (MSMSW) are disproportionately affected by the growing and emerging HIV epidemic. As sex work and same-sex behavior are heavily stigmatized and often illegal in most Asian countries, HIV research focusing on MSMSW has been limited. The goal of this analysis is to examine HIV testing practices and identify correlates of HIV testing among MSMSW in Asia. Methods: The Asia Internet MSM Sex Survey, an online cross-sectional survey of 10,861 men who have sex with men (MSM), was conducted in 2010. Data on sociodemographic characteristics, HIV testing behaviors, and sexual behaviors were collected. Five hundred and seventy-four HIV-negative/unknown respondents reported receiving payment for sex with men at least once in the past 6 months and were included in this analysis. Multivariable logistic regression was conducted to identify independent correlates of HIV testing in the past year. Results: About half (48.6%) of the participants had been tested for HIV at least once within the past year, and 30.5% had never been tested. We also found that MSMSW participants who engaged in risky behaviors were less likely to be tested. Conclusion: While one might expect a high HIV testing rate among MSMSW due to the risks associated with engaging in sex work, we found that HIV testing uptake is suboptimal among MSMSW in Asia. These results suggest that targeted HIV prevention and testing promotion among MSMSW are needed.
ISSN: 23258306
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2016-2017

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