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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-37

Sexual behaviors reported by a sample of human immunodeficiency virus-positive men who have sex with men: A descriptive study in Khon Kaen, Thailand

1 Department of Social Medicine, Khon Kaen Center Hospital, Khon Kaen, Thailand
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Srinagarind Hospital, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
3 Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Srinagarind Hospital, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jiratha Budkaew
Department of Social Medicine, Khon Kaen Hospital, 54-56 Sri Chan, Naimuang, Muang, Khon Kaen 40000
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijstd.IJSTD_5_17

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Context: In Thailand, men who have sex with men (MSM) have a far higher rate of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. If these persons do not modify their behavior to safer lifestyles, they may increase the spread of HIV infection. Aims: This study aims to identify the behavior of HIV-positive MSM in comparison to their prediagnostic behaviors. Settings and Design: We conducted a cross-sectional study involving antiretroviral clinic (ARV) in Khon Kaen hospital to explore the sexual behaviors of HIV-positive MSM after the diagnosis of HIV infection. Subjects and Methods: HIV-positive MSM aged ≥18 years were asked to enroll in the study. The questionnaire was administered to 114 MSM at least 3 months after HIV diagnosis. Statistical Analysis Used: Descriptive statistics was used including means, frequencies, and percentage. Results: Forty percent of HIV-positive MSM had not have sex with a man during the 12 months. Nineteen participants reported unprotected sex, 4.31% and 12.28% reported engaging in unprotected anal and oral intercourse, respectively. About 16.6% reported that they had practiced at-risk sexual behavior. The mean of number of partners in the past 3 months was 1.8. In total, 32.46% (n = 37) reported that they had relationships with a stable partner, while 22.80% (n = 26) indicated they continued relationships with casual partners. Conclusions: Our sample of HIV-positive MSM, though aware of being infected, engage in sexual behaviors that could sustain transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. This highlights the need for a national prevention programs for persons living with HIV.

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