One-Third of Status-Aware HIV-Positive MSM in U.K. Still Practicing Risky Sexual Behavior, Study Says
June 24, 2008
About one-third of HIV-positive men who have sex with men in the United Kingdom who are aware of their status are still engaging in risky sexual behavior, according to a study recently released by the Medical Research Council, BBC News reports. According to the study -- which included 3,500 MSM -- participants who knew that they were HIV-positive were statistically more likely to have unprotected sex than those who did not know or were HIV-negative. The study also found that 40% of the 300 participants who tested HIV-positive did not know their status. Study author Lisa Williamson of MRC said that more risky behavior was being practiced by men who had been living with HIV for a long time, BBC News reports. The researchers are calling for more targeted prevention methods, including promoting condoms among men who are regularly tested for HIV and urging men who report high-risk behavior to be tested more than once annually.
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