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Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States: Demographic and Behavioral Characteristics and Prevalence of HIV and HSV-2 Infection: Results From National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2006

August 9, 2010

The team undertook the current study to describe demographic and behavioral characteristics, together with HIV and herpes simplex virus type 2 infections, among men who have sex with men (MSM) identified through a population-based nationally representative survey.

The study data were drawn from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys in 2001-2006. As part of that research, men ages 18 to 59 were interviewed about sexual behavior using audio computer self-interview. The men also underwent testing for antibodies to HIV and HSV-2.

A total of 4,319 men were interviewed, of which 5.2 percent reported ever having had sex with men. Compared to men who reported female partners only, MSM were more likely to have had first sex before age 15 (31.9 percent vs. 17.3 percent); to have had 10 or more lifetime sex partners (73.6 percent vs. 40.8 percent); and to have ever used cocaine (46.1 percent vs. 26.6 percent) (all P

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Comment by: Drew(Sydney AUS) (Sydney , AUS) Mon., Aug. 23, 2010 at 2:56 am EDT
Hmmm more "sex partners" and more "drug taking" equates to higher HIV infection rate.

Well this survey certainly isn't Rocket Science.


MSM /Gay Men have to change their behaviour. Remember there is no such thing as HIGH RISK GROUPS ONLY HIGH RISK BEHAVIOUR

Well thats my 2cents worth .

Drew (Sydney, Australia)
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