STI, HIV Prevention Efforts Urged for Teenage Men Who Have Sex With Men in Australia
April 25, 2014
This article was reported by Healio.
Healio reported on a study of teenage men who have sex with men's risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Huachun Zou, MD, PhD, of the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, and colleagues evaluated 200 same-sex attracted males ages 16-20 in Melbourne, Australia. Participants completed a self-administered questionnaire on demographics, sexual behaviors, and condom use. They also received screening for urethral and rectal chlamydia and pharyngeal and anal gonorrhea, and blood tests for hepatitis A and B, syphilis, and HIV.
The questionnaire results revealed that the median age for insertive or receptive anal sex with other males was 17, and half of the recipients reported sex with mostly older men. In the 12 months prior to the study, the majority of participants reported engaging in insertive (87 percent) and receptive (85 percent) intercourse. Many participants (60 percent) reported inconsistent condom use with insertive partners, and 53 percent reported inconsistent condom use with receptive intercourse partners.
Laboratory test results detected pharyngeal gonorrhea in 3 percent of participants; rectal gonorrhea in 5.5 percent; urethral chlamydia in 3 percent; rectal chlamydia in 4 percent; and syphilis in 2 percent. The researchers concluded that many of the participants were at risk of STIs and that age-appropriate prevention messages and STI screening should be developed to lessen HIV and STI risk in this population.
The full report, "Sexual Behaviors and Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Teenage Men Who Have Sex With Men," was published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health (2014; doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.01.020).
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