HIV-related Sexual Risk Taking Among HIV-negative Men Who Have Sex with Men in Zagreb, Croatia

Štulhofer, Aleksandar and Baćak, Valerio and Božičević, Ivana and Begovac, Josip (2008) HIV-related Sexual Risk Taking Among HIV-negative Men Who Have Sex with Men in Zagreb, Croatia. AIDS and Behavior, 12 (3). pp. 505-512. ISSN 1090-7165 (Print) 1573-3254 (Electronic)

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Croatia has a low-level HIV epidemic and, as in a number of other Central and Southeastern European countries, sex between men accounts for most HIV infections. This study examines sexual behavior and the correlates of condom use in a snowball sample of 342 HIV non-infected men who have sex with men (MSM) in Zagreb. The median age of participants in the sample was 27 years. The majority of participants (81%) reported using condom at last anal sex with casual partner and 56% claimed to have used condoms consistently at anal sex with casual partners in the last 12 months. HIV risk self-assessment and number of sexual partners were significantly correlated with condom use at last anal sex with casual partner. Self-assessed HIV-risk and heterosexual activity were found associated with consistent condom use at anal sex with casual partners. To sustain a low-level HIV epidemic, targeted intervention among young MSM is needed in Croatia.

Item Type: Article
MeSH: Adult ; Catchment Area (Health) ; Condoms/utilization ; Croatia/epidemiology ; HIV Infections/epidemiology ; HIV Infections/transmission ; HIV Seronegativity ; Homosexuality, Male/statistics & numerical data ; Humans ; Male ; Questionnaires ; Risk-Taking ; Sexual Behavior
Departments: Katedra za infektologiju
Katedra za medicinsku sociologiju i ekonomiku zdravstva
Depositing User: Lea Škorić
Status: Published
Štulhofer, AleksandarUNSPECIFIED
Božičević, IvanaUNSPECIFIED
Date: May 2008
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2011 16:10
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