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HIV behavior risks among men who have sex with men population

Presented by Anna Yakovleva, Russian Federation.

Bodanovskaya Z.1, Rusakova M.2, Gurvich I.3, Odinokova V.1, Yakovleva A.1

1NGO of social projects in sphere of populations' well-being, St.Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2St.Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russian Federation, 3Sociological Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, St.Petersburg, Russian Federation

Objective: The objective of Behavior Monitoring Study 2006 in St.Petersburg, Russia was to estimate high-risk behavior among club-base men having sex with men (MSM) for planning and future evaluating of preventive programs.
Methods: The target group was men aged 15-49 years old based in gay-clubs who had oral or anal sex contacts with other men within the previous 12 months. The time-location sampling was used. Sample size was in total 692. The statistical analyses included frequencies; mean and median with its value; calculation of indexes; and estimation of log-linear models to make founded recommendation for prevention planning.
Results: The mean age of MSM was 24.9. This group was well-educated (5-6 years in university – 36.8%, 3-4 years in university – 22.7%) and comprised large quota of non-residents (13.6%). Sustainable homo or heterosexual partnership is not typical for MSM: was not married and/or living with regular sex partner 59.3%, was married and living with wife – 16.8%, was living together with homosexual partner – 23.1%. MSM had a high rate of homosexual contacts, including commercial sexual services (12.5%). Consistent (100%) condom use with non-commercial sex partner was 41.6%, with commercial – 72.5%, with heterosexual (women) – 40.3%. MSM had a rather high incidence of drug use (38.5%): used drugs are cannabis (9/10), cocaine (1/5), hallucinogens (1/5).
Conclusions: HIV risk among MSM can be characterized as the highest one as long as multiple sexual communications without condom use is practice. MSM appear to be an epidemiological threat of HIV outside the group. Anti-drug activities (primary preventive) should be available as well. While developing and implementing target prophylactic programs it is necessary to take into consideration that simplification and primitive ways of information provision for MSM are unacceptable due it’s high educational level. There should be alternative ways for non-resident MSM to receive medical and prophylactic aid.

Sydney - IAS 2007
Abstract no. 2007_WEPEC033

Suggested Citation
"BodanovskayaZ., et al. HIV behavior risks among men who have sex with men population. Poster exhibition: Sydney - IAS 2007: Abstract no. WEPEC033"