Original Paper

AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 705-712

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Demographic Characteristics and Sexual Behaviors Associated with Methamphetamine Use among MSM and Non-MSM diagnosed with AIDS in Los Angeles County

  • Amy Rock WohlAffiliated withHIV Epidemiology Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public HealthDepartment of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Email author 
  • , Douglas M. FryeAffiliated withHIV Epidemiology Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • , Denise F. JohnsonAffiliated withHIV Epidemiology Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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Abstract

Demographic and behavioral factors associated with methamphetamine use are presented for 455 men who have sex with men (MSM) and 228 non-MSM diagnosed with AIDS in Los Angeles County (LAC) from 2000 to 2004, as there are limited population-based data for these subgroups. Lifetime methamphetamine use was 35% for MSM, 14% for non-MSM, 50% for white MSM, and 35% for black MSM. Methamphetamine use in the previous 12 months among MSM (11%) and non-MSM (0.4%) was less than lifetime use. Compared to MSM with no history of methamphetamine use in a multivariate analysis, MSM methamphetamine users were more likely to be non-Latino (white or black) (OR = 2.8, 95% CI: 1.6, 4.9) compared to Latino and reported ≥10 sexual partners in the previous 12 months (OR = 3.1, 95% CI: 1.7, 5.6). These data indicate that methamphetamine has been widely used by both MSM and non-MSM with AIDS in LAC and that lifetime use is associated with sexual risk behaviors among MSM.

Keywords

Methamphetamine Sexual risk behaviors Gay and bisexual men Heterosexual men