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Am J Public Health. 2003 Jun;93(6):939-42.

Association of co-occurring psychosocial health problems and increased vulnerability to HIV/AIDS among urban men who have sex with men.

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  • 1Prevention Research Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. rstall@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We measured the extent to which a set of psychosocial health problems have an additive effect on increasing HIV risk among men who have sex with men (MSM).

METHODS:

We conducted a cross-sectional household probability telephone sample of MSM in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

RESULTS:

Psychosocial health problems are highly intercorrelated among urban MSM. Greater numbers of health problems are significantly and positively associated with high-risk sexual behavior and HIV infection.

CONCLUSIONS:

AIDS prevention among MSM has overwhelmingly focused on sexual risk alone. Other health problems among MSM not only are important in their own right, but also may interact to increase HIV risk. HIV prevention might become more effective by addressing the broader health concerns of MSM while also focusing on sexual risks.

PMID:
12773359
PMCID:
PMC1447874
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