Substance Use, Medications for Sexual Facilitation, and Sexual Risk Behavior Among Traveling Men Who Have Sex With Men
December 27, 2006
The researchers undertook the current study to examine the correlates of sexual risk behavior among men who have sex with men (MSM) while traveling for leisure.
The subjects were 304 MSM visiting popular tourist areas. They completed a brief survey on sexual behavior and substances used while on vacation, including erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs.
Of the men, 47 percent reported sexual activity while on vacation, with a mean of 1.33 unprotected anal sex acts during their brief stay (mean: 3.6 days). Of those men who had sex, more than half reported sex with a partner of unknown HIV serostatus. Higher rates of sexual risk behaviors were reported by men who used substances or ED drugs.
The authors concluded, "Many MSM travelers report behaviors that may put their health at risk, including substance use and unprotected sexual activity. Interventions designed to reduce risk behaviors among MSM tourists are needed."
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
12.2006; Vol. 33; No. 12: P. 706-711; Eric G. Benotsch, Ph.D.; Salvatore Seeley, M.S.W.; John J. Mikytuck, B.S.; Steven D. Pinkerton, Ph.D.; Christopher D. Nettles, M.A.; Kathleen Ragsdale, Ph.D.
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