AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 726–735

Ongoing Risk Behavior Among Persons With HIV in Medical Care

  • Matthew R. Golden
  • Robert W. Wood
  • Susan E. Buskin
  • Mark Fleming
  • Robert D. Harrington
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-007-9244-5

Cite this article as:
Golden, M.R., Wood, R.W., Buskin, S.E. et al. AIDS Behav (2007) 11: 726. doi:10.1007/s10461-007-9244-5

Abstract

We surveyed randomly selected patients in the largest HIV clinic in Seattle, WA in 2005 and 2006. A total of 397 patients completed usable surveys. Twenty-seven percent of men who have sex with men (MSM) and 22% of women or heterosexual men reported having non-concordant unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse in the preceding year. Compared to 2005, more MSM in 2006 reported meeting a sex partner via the Internet (15% vs. 33%), and fewer met partners in bathhouses (23% vs. 13%). Twenty-four percent of MSM reported deciding not to have sex with a potential partner because he was HIV negative, and 31% of MSM reported that another man had decided not to have sex with them because they were HIV positive. Among all participants, 22% had told a sex partner they were HIV negative since their HIV diagnosis. These findings demonstrate the persistence of high-risk behavior among persons with HIV, a rapid increase in the use of the Internet among MSM to find sex partners, and provide direct evidence for serosorting among MSM.

Keywords

HIVAIDSSerosortingInternetMen who have sex with menPrevention

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew R. Golden
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Robert W. Wood
    • 1
  • Susan E. Buskin
    • 1
  • Mark Fleming
    • 1
  • Robert D. Harrington
    • 2
  1. 1.Public Health - Seattle & King CountySeattleUSA
  2. 2.Center for AIDS & STD University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Harborview Medical CenterSeattleUSA