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The HIV-Related Risks Among Men Having Sex With Men in Rural Yunnan, China: a Qualitative Study

May 2, 2006

To learn more about the HIV-related risk behaviors of men who have sex with men (MSM) in rural China, the researchers undertook a qualitative study based on semistructured interviews in Dali prefecture, Yunnan. The study's subjects were 24 members of a local MSM network. Themes identified as increased risks and exposures to HIV were the main outcome measures.

The results identified risk behavior, social stigma, China's one-child policy and concepts of traditional Chinese medicine as having significant roles in the spread of HIV in rural China. According to the authors, "Many MSM lead a life with double identities in China and condom use was found to be variable with attempts to 'rationalise' the risky behaviour being its major determining factor. Health seeking behaviours of genitourinary problems were infrequent and illogical, which were further held back by the existing healthcare system and lack of sensitivity expressed by the health professionals."

The researchers concluded that the study highlighted the need for clear educational messages aimed at the general public as well as efforts to raise awareness among health professionals of the health risks and health needs of MSM.

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Adapted from:
Sexually Transmitted Infections
04.06; Vol. 82: p. 127-130; W.C.W. Wong; J. Zhang; S.C. Wu; T.S.K. Kong; D.C.Y. Ling

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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