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Prevalence and Correlates of Substance Use Among Young Asian Pacific Islander Men Who Have Sex with Men

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We examined patterns of substance use among young Asian Pacific Islander (API) men who have sex with men (MSM). Participants (N = 496) were recruited from sampled venues and were interviewed on substance use, sexual behaviors, and attendance at MSM social venues. Substance use prevalence was highest for alcohol (94% lifetime, 89% past 6 months), marijuana (61% lifetime, 44% past 6 months), and methylenedioxymethamphetamine or ecstasy (58% lifetime, 47% past 6 months). During the past 6 months, 24% used an illicit substance weekly or more often, 51% used club drugs, and 44% used 3 or more illicit substances. Multivariate models identified common and unique correlates of frequent drug use, club drug use, and polydrug use. Associations between substance use and sexual risk behaviors also emerged. These findings suggest a need to improve substance use and HIV prevention intervention efforts for young API MSM.

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We thank all participants of the study. This research was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement U62/CCU906255 with the University of California, San Francisco, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.

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Operario, D., Choi, KH., Chu, P.L. et al. Prevalence and Correlates of Substance Use Among Young Asian Pacific Islander Men Who Have Sex with Men. Prev Sci 7, 19–29 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-005-0018-x

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