AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 743–751 | Cite as

Inconsistent Condom Use with Steady and Casual Partners and Associated Factors among Sexually-Active Men who Have Sex with Men in Bangkok, Thailand

  • Gordon Mansergh
  • Sathapana Naorat
  • Rapeepun Jommaroeng
  • Richard A. Jenkins
  • Ronald Stall
  • Supaporn Jeeyapant
  • Praphan Phanuphak
  • Jordan W. Tappero
  • Frits van Griensven
Original Artical

HIV/STD risk behavior has not been examined in community samples of men who have sex with men (MSM) in Thailand. The sexually-active sample (n=927) was recruited from bars, saunas, and parks; 20% identified as bisexual and 17% tested HIV-positive. Inconsistent (<100%) condom use was reported by 45% of those with steady partners and 21% of those with casual partners in the prior three months. 21% had heard of effective HIV treatments (n=194), among whom 44% believed HIV was less serious and 36% said their risk behavior had increased after hearing about the treatments. In multivariate analysis, HIV-positive status, gay-identification, getting most HIV information from the radio, believing HIV can be transmitted by mosquito bite, and concern about acquiring an STD were associated with inconsistent condom use during anal sex; slightly older age (25–29 vs. 18–24 years) was associated with more consistent condom use. HIV/STD risk-reduction strategies for MSM in Bangkok should clearly state sexual risk to individuals in this population.

Keywords

Men who have sex with men (MSM) Sexual risk Sex partners Bangkok Thailand 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon Mansergh
    • 6
  • Sathapana Naorat
    • 2
  • Rapeepun Jommaroeng
    • 3
    • 4
  • Richard A. Jenkins
    • 1
  • Ronald Stall
    • 1
    • 5
  • Supaporn Jeeyapant
    • 2
  • Praphan Phanuphak
    • 3
  • Jordan W. Tappero
    • 1
    • 2
  • Frits van Griensven
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.U.S. Centers for Disease Control and PreventionDivisions of HIV/AIDS PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Thailand Ministry of Public Health–U.S. CDC CollaborationNonthaburiThailand
  3. 3.AIDS Research CentreThai Red Cross SocietyBangkokThailand
  4. 4.Rainbow Sky OrganizationBangkokThailand
  5. 5.currently Assistant Dean, School of Public HealthUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  6. 6.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionDivision of HIV/AIDS PreventionAtlantaUSA

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