Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Poppers Use & Risky Sexual Behaviors among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Beijing, China

Although poppers are increasingly popular among MSM in China, little is known about the patterns of poppers use. The objectives of this study were to describe the patterns of poppers use and examine its association with sexual behaviors and HIV infection among MSM in Beijing, China.

As part of a multi-component HIV intervention trial, 3588 MSM were surveyed between March 2013 and March 2014 in Beijing, China. Blood samples were collected and tested for HIV and syphilis. The questionnaire collected information about socio-demographic and behavioral characteristics. Univariate and multivariable logistic regression analyses were performed to evaluate the correlates of poppers use.

Over a quarter of men (27.5%) reported having used at least one type of drugs in the past three months. Poppers were the most popular one (26.8%). Poppers use was correlated with a higher HIV prevalence. Demographic and sexual behavioral factors associated with poppers use included: younger age, higher education, alcohol use, seeking male partners mainly via the internet, multiple male sex partnership, and unprotected receptive anal intercourse.

In this study, poppers use was positively associated with HIV infection and unprotected anal intercourse. Intervention efforts should be devoted to promote safer sex and HIV testing and counseling among MSM who use poppers.

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By:  Zhang H1Teng T1Lu H2Zhao Y2Liu H3Yin L4Sun Z1He X5Qian HZ4Ruan Y1Shao Y1Vermund SH4.
  • 1State Key Laboratory of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Beijing, China.
  • 2Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.chinacdc.cn/en/), Beijing, China.
  • 3Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
  • 4Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, USA.
  • 5Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China. Electronic address: hexiong@vip.163.com. 

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