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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

HIV Risk Among Gay Men: 1996 and 2004 Compared

MSMs comprise 50.16% of the population living with HIV and AIDS. Two areas of interest in the study of HIV risk behaviors have been the effects of age and treatment optimism on risk behavior among MSMs. The present study examines survey data from 1996 and 2004 and studies level of risk behaviors as it relates to survey year and age cohort. It was found that risk behaviors increased from 1996 to 2004 and that age had an impact on condom usage and a small impact on HIV testing and number of UAI partners. Age only had an effect in 2004. MSMs ages 18 to 33 and 42 to 49 in 2004 used condoms less consistently. MSMs ages 42 to 49 in 2004 had the largest increase in UAI partners from 1996 to 2004. MSMs ages 34 to 41 and 50 to 57 in 2004 were less likely to have been tested for HIV in the last year then those same people had been in 1996. HIV prevention efforts should focus on education about the risks and limits of protease inhibitors and target all ages.

Presenters: Catharine Devlin (Undergraduate Student)
Douglas Scheidt (Faculty)
Topic: Health Science
Location: 101 Edwards
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)

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