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Sex Transm Dis. 2006 Dec;33(12):706-11.

Substance use, medications for sexual facilitation, and sexual risk behavior among traveling men who have sex with men.

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University of Colorado at Denver & Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado 80217, USA. eric.benotsch@cudenver.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The objective of the study was to examine correlates of sexual risk behavior among men who have sex with men (MSM) traveling for leisure.

STUDY DESIGN:

MSM (N = 304) visiting popular tourist areas completed a brief survey assessing sexual behavior and substances used while on vacation, including the use of erectile dysfunction medications (e.g., Viagra).

RESULTS:

Forty-seven percent of the respondents were sexually active during their vacation, with a mean of 1.33 unprotected anal sex acts during their brief stay (mean = 3.6 days). More than half of the sexually active men reported sex with a partner of unknown HIV status. Individuals reporting substance use or taking erectile dysfunction medications reported higher rates of sexual risk behaviors.

CONCLUSION:

Many MSM travelers report behaviors that may put their health at risk, including substance use and unprotected sexual activity. Interventions designed to reduce risk behaviors among MSM tourists are needed.

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