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BMC Public Health. 2007 Jul 12;7:153.

Risk factors for HIV infection in males who have sex with males (MSM) in Bangladesh.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, USA. PChan@lifespan.org <PChan@lifespan.org>

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Recent surveillance data from Bangladesh indicate rising HIV infection among intravenous drug users (IDU) in the country. We suggest a likely association between HIV risk factors in this group and other groups, such as males who have sex with males (MSM).

METHODS:

Data on MSM in Bangladesh was collected and analyzed from numerous primary and secondary sources, including government ministries, non-profit health organizations, and personal communications.

RESULTS:

The overall prevalence of HIV in Bangladesh is relatively low, but surveillance data indicate that infection has reached significant proportions in certain high-risk groups and may soon spread to other groups, specifically MSM.

CONCLUSION:

The epidemiology of HIV infection in other countries suggests that increasing rates of HIV in higher-risk populations can precede an epidemic in the general population. We review the data concerning MSM, IDU and HIV in Bangladesh from a variety of sources and propose ways to prevent HIV transmission.

PMID:
17625020
PMCID:
PMC1931591
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2458-7-153
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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