HIV sentinel surveillance for men who have sex with men in Shenzhen in 2007

Published: August 1, 2008

HIV sentinel surveillance for men who have sex with men in Shenzhen in 2007

Background: To investigate the behavioral characteristics and HIV/Syphilis infection status of the Men who have sex with men(MSM) population in Shenzhen and provide scientific information for effect-evaluating and policy-making on HIV/AIDS prevention and control programs.

Methods: Sentinel surveillance and ELISA assays for HIV and Syphilis were carried out among 284 MSMs in Shenzhen in 2007.

Results: 79.9% of the 284 subjects have at least 2 sexual partners in the past one year. 38.8% have also had sex with women. In the past 6 months, the proportion of men using a condom in each sexual intercourse was 39.2% and that in the last sexual encounter was 67.2%. Among these MSMs, 18.5% were drug users and 6.7% were IDUs. 20.43% of these subjects had been diagnosed with at least one venereal disease in the past. The infection rate of HIV and Syphilis were 3.01% and 15.72%, respectively.

Conclusions: MSMs in Shenzhen have active sex actions and multiple sex partners. Nearly half of them have also had sex with women, but the proportion of using condom during sex is still low. It suggested that the risk of HIV/Syphilis infection and transmission among or through MSMs is very high in Shenzhen.

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