Trends of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, estimated HIV incidence, and risky sexual behaviors among gay Bathhouse attendees in Taiwan: 2004-2008

Nai Ying Ko, Hsin Chun Lee, Chien Ching Hung, Fan Chen Tseng, Jui Ling Chang, Nan Yao Lee, Chia Ming Chang, Meng Ping Lee, Bo Jie Chen, Shainn Wei Wang, Wen Chien Ko

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Abstract

Five serial cross-sectional surveys were done at eight gay bathhouses in Taiwan to investigate the trends of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and estimated HIV incidence between 2004 and 2008. Bathhouse attendees completed a questionnaire and tests for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis C virus, and amoebiasis. Twenty-nine (38.6%) were identified as having recent HIV-1 infections. There was a significant increase in HIV incidence, from 7.8% in 2004 to 15% in 2007 (χ2 = 17.59, P-trend <0.001). Recreational drug use is the primary risk behavior. Comprehensive screening programs in gay bathhouses for early detection of HIV and STIs are important.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-297
Number of pages6
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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