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Fuller, C.M., J. Absalon, D.C. Ompad, D. Nash, B. Koblin, S. Blaney, Sandro Galea, and D. Vlahov. 2005. "A Comparison of HIV Seropositive and Seronegative Young Adult Heroin- and Cocaine-Using Men Who Have Sex With Men in New York City, 2000-2003." Journal of Urban Health-Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 82(1): I51-I61.
The Purpose of this analysis was to determine the prevalence and correlates of HIV infection among a street-recruited sample of heroin- and cocaine-using men who have sex with men (MSM). Injection (injecting <= 3 years) and non-injection drug users (heroin, crack, and/or cocaine use < 10 years) between 18 and 40 years of age were simultaneously street-recruited into two cohort studies in New York City, 2000-2003, by using identical recruitment techniques. Baseline data collected among young adult men who either identified as gay/bisexual or reported ever having sex with a man were used for this analysis. Nonparametric statistics guided interpretation. Of 95 heroin/cocaine-using MSM, 25.3% tested HIV seropositive with 75% reporting a previous HIV diagnosis. The majority was black (46%) or Hispanic (44%), and the median age was 28 years (range 18-40). HIV-seropositive MSM were more likely than seronegatives to be older and to have an HIV-seropositive partner but less likely to report current homelessness, illegal income, heterosexual identity, multiple sex partners, female partners, and sex for money/drug partners than seronegatives. These data indicate high HIV prevalence among street-recruited, drug-using MSM compared with other injection drug use (IDU) subgroups and drug-using MSM; however, lower risk behaviors were found among HIV seropositives compared with seronegatives. Large-scale studies among illicit drug-using MSM from more marginalized neighborhoods are warranted.
Country of focus: United States.