Illinois: Chicago Department of Public Health Stats Link Meth Use to HIV, Unsafe Sex
October 4, 2005
A recent STD/HIV/AIDS report from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) said meth-using men who have sex with men (MSM) are experiencing much higher rates of HIV infection and unsafe sex than MSM who do not use meth.
The study, which includes data from the department's 2003-2004 Project CHAT survey of MSM, said that 11 percent of the 1,147 MSM surveyed said they had used meth at least once in the previous year. This rate is seven times that of heterosexual men in Chicago, but lower than the meth use rates of MSM in San Francisco (21 percent) and New York City (14 percent). Of Chicago MSM reporting meth use, almost 20 percent were weekly users.
Among Chicago MSM meth users, 22 percent were HIV-positive, compared to 8 percent of non-users. Forty percent of MSM meth users reported unprotected anal sex with casual partners, compared to 16 percent of non-users. Rates of syphilis and gonorrhea among meth users were three times those of non-users. In addition, meth users were twice as likely to meet sex partners online and four times as likely to meet partners in bathhouses.
Also according to the report:
Chicago Free Press
09.28.05; Gary Barlow
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This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.