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Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Feb 1;147:46-52. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.12.013. Epub 2014 Dec 23.

Binge drinking and risky sexual behavior among HIV-negative and unknown HIV status men who have sex with men, 20 US cities.

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1
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS-E46, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA. Electronic address: xgm0@cdc.gov.
2
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS-E46, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA. Electronic address: pchavez@cdc.gov.
3
Excessive Alcohol Use Prevention Team, Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS-F78, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA. Electronic address: dkk3@cdc.gov.
4
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS-E46, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA. Electronic address: edinenno@cdc.gov.
5
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS-D21, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA. Electronic address: all0@cdc.gov.
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Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS-E46, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA. Electronic address: gmb5@cdc.gov.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Men who have sex with men (MSM) represent over half of new HIV infections in the United States. It is important to understand the factors associated with engaging in risky sexual behavior to develop effective prevention interventions. Binge drinking (≥5 drinks on ≥1 occasion) is the most common form of excessive alcohol consumption. This study examines the relationship between binge drinking and sexual risk behaviors among MSM who are current drinkers and who were either HIV-negative or unaware of their HIV status.

METHODS:

Using the 2011 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance system and multivariable Poisson models with robust error estimates, we assessed the association between binge drinking and sexual risk behaviors among current drinkers. Prevalence ratios (PR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) are presented.

RESULTS:

Overall, 85% of MSM were current drinkers, and 59% of MSM who drank reported ≥1 episode of binge drinking in the preceding 30 days. In multivariable models, binge drinking was associated with condomless anal intercourse (CAI) at last sex with an HIV-positive or unknown status partner (receptive: PR 1.3, 95% CI 1.1-1.6; insertive: PR 1.2, 95% CI 1.0-1.4), having exchanged sex for money or drugs at last sex (PR: 1.4, 95% CI 1.1-1.7), having concurrent partners in the past year (PR: 1.1, 95% CI 1.1-1.2), and having more CAI partners in the past year (PR: 1.2, 95% CI 1.0-1.4) compared to non-binge drinkers.

CONCLUSIONS:

Evidence-based strategies for reducing binge drinking could help reduce risky sexual behavior among MSM.

KEYWORDS:

Anal intercourse; Binge drinking; HIV; Men who have sex with men; Risky sex behaviors

PMID:
25555622
PMCID:
PMC4579526
DOI:
10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.12.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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