Sexual risk behavior increased significantly among men who have sex with men when they started using meth, reports a study published recently in JAIDS.
The study examined HIV risk behaviors, meth use and HIV testing over time in a sample of 8,905 men who have sex with men. Sexual risk was measured with a "SDET" score based on condomless receptive anal sex, number of male partners and self-reported bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs). At each visit, men were asked about meth use, and separated into groups corresponding to if they: started using meth; stopped using meth; continued using meth; or, never used meth. This allowed the researchers to assess if changes in meth use over time were associated with changes in risk behavior.
The 754 men who reported recent meth use had significantly higher SDET scores on average (indicating higher HIV risk) than the 5,922 men who reported never using meth. Men who started using meth between their visits showed a significant associated increase in HIV risk scores, while men who did not change their meth use (i.e., continued to use or never started to use) had no significant changes in their sexual risk behavior.
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