2011. 8 p.
Authors: 
Xu, Jun-Jie
Reilly, Kathleen Healther
Lu, Chun-Ming
Ma, Ning
Chu, Zhen-Xing
Wang, Jun-Jie
Yun, Ke
Shang, Hong
Periodical title: 
BMC Public Health 11:287
Description: 
This study explores HIV prevalence and behavioral characteristics of Chinese male students who have sex with men (MSM). The authors conducted a cross-sectional study of MSM high-school and college students in Liaoning Province. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews, and blood specimens were obtained and tested for HIV and syphilis. There were 436 eligible participants. HIV prevalence was 3.0% and syphilis prevalence was 5.0%. In multivariate analysis, the following were found to be significantly associated with HIV infection: sexual orientation known by family members, HIV/AIDS information obtained from clinical doctors, HIV/AIDS information obtained through free educational services and materials such as voluntary counseling and testing and condom distribution services, inconsistent condom use, sexual partner experienced anal bleeding after insertive anal intercourse, and history of illegal drug use. The authors conclude that immediate screening and comprehensive interventions toward student MSM should be implemented in order to curb the spread of HIV. Family- and school-based interventions should be considered to target this educated, yet vulnerable, population.
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