Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women: A Unique Risk Group for HIV Transmission on North Carolina College Campuses
October 23, 2006
"To better understand the role that men who have sex with men and women (MSM/W) play in the spread of HIV in young adults in North Carolina, we determined the prevalence of MSM/W among newly diagnosed HIV-infected men, compared social and behavioral characteristics of this group with MSM and MSW, and examined the sexual networks associated with HIV-infected college students among these groups," wrote the authors of the current study.
The researchers reviewed state HIV surveillance records for all new HIV diagnoses in males ages 18-30 living in North Carolina from Jan. 1, 2000 to Dec. 31, 2004.
A total of 1,105 records were available for review. Of these, 15 percent were MSM/W, and 13 percent were college students. Compared with MSM, MSM/W were more likely to be enrolled in college, to report more than 10 sex partners in the year prior to diagnosis, or have sex partners who were also MSM/W. Sexual network analysis of the HIV-infected college students showed MSM/W occupied a central position. Eighty percent of the 20 individuals who said they were either MSW or abstinent at the time of their initial voluntary and counseling visit self-reported as either MSM or MSM/W during follow up.
Further investigation is needed on MSM/W, the authors concluded: "College MSM/W appear to occupy a unique, central place in the network of HIV-infected students."
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
10.2006; Vol. 33; No. 10: P. 585-593; Lisa B. Hightow, M.D., M.P.H.; Peter A. Leone, M.D.; Pia D.M. MacDonald, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Sandra I. McCoy, M.P.H.; Lynne A. Sampson, M.P.H.; Andrew H. Kaplan, M.D.
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.