AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 12, Supplement 1, pp 93–96

Accessing Men Who have Sex with Men Through Long-Chain Referral Recruitment, Guangzhou, China

  • Qun He
  • Ye Wang
  • Yan Li
  • Yurun Zhang
  • Peng Lin
  • Fang Yang
  • Xiaobing Fu
  • Jie Li
  • H. Fisher Raymond
  • Li Ling
  • Willi McFarland
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-008-9388-y

Cite this article as:
He, Q., Wang, Y., Li, Y. et al. AIDS Behav (2008) 12(Suppl 1): 93. doi:10.1007/s10461-008-9388-y

Abstract

Men who have sex with men (MSM) may account for an increasing proportion of China’s HIV epidemic, but remain difficult to access for epidemiological studies due to high stigma. We compare the composition of two samples of MSM obtained in Guangzhou, China. The first survey, conducted in 2004, recruited MSM through convenience sampling. The second survey in 2006 used long-chain referral recruitment in the context of respondent-driven sampling. Compared to convenience sampling, the long-chain referral method included higher proportions of subgroups of MSM thought to be at elevated risk for HIV infection and more difficult to reach, including internal migrants and those engaging in commercial sex. Long-chain referral also recruited more MSM who were under 25 years, unemployed, and had lower education. We conclude that long-chain referral recruitment will be more effective in tracking the leading edge of the epidemic among MSM in China than convenience sampling.

Keywords

Men who have sex with men (MSM)HIVSexually transmitted infection (STI)Respondent-driven-sampling (RDS)China

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Qun He
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ye Wang
    • 1
  • Yan Li
    • 1
  • Yurun Zhang
    • 1
  • Peng Lin
    • 1
  • Fang Yang
    • 1
  • Xiaobing Fu
    • 1
  • Jie Li
    • 1
  • H. Fisher Raymond
    • 3
  • Li Ling
    • 2
  • Willi McFarland
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Guangdong ProvinceGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.School of Public HealthSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.San Francisco Department of Public HealthSan FranciscoUSA
  4. 4.University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA