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Sexual behavior of young men in Thailand: regional differences and evidence of behavior change.

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  • 1Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangkok, Thailand.

Abstract

An anonymous, self-administered behavioral survey was conducted in Royal Thai Army (RTA) conscripts from 19 provinces throughout Thailand in May 1996. All (to a maximum of 350) Thai men who entered the RTA in each province were selected. Data from 5474 men were included in this analysis. High-risk behaviors were reported nationwide; however, some regional differences were found. Men from the upper North were more likely to have had a commercial sex worker (CSW) as their first sexual partner (42%) than men from any other region. However, in the past year, reported sex with CSWs in the upper North (41%) was similar to or lower than those in other regions. Consistent condom use with CSWs was higher in the North than in any other region. Condom use at first sex with CSWs increased with later years at first sex in all regions. These data suggest that past higher-risk behavior among young men in the upper northern part of Thailand may have contributed to the concentration of the HIV epidemic in that region. Risk behaviors, particularly unprotected sex, appear to be decreasing nationwide.

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