Prevalence and Behavioral Correlates of Depression and Anxiety Among Male Sex Workers in Vietnam

Lloyd A. Goldsamt, Michael C. Clatts, Le Minh Giang, Gary Yu

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Abstract

ABSTRACT. Objectives: This study assessed depression and anxiety symptoms and their association with high-risk sexual and drug behaviors among male sex workers in 3 Vietnamese cities. Methods: Male sex workers ages 16 to 35 years old completed an interview that included the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale to assess depressive symptoms and the Beck Anxiety Inventory to assess anxiety symptoms, as well as questions assessing drug and sexual risk practices. Results: A majority of participants reported depressive symptomatology, although fewer reported symptoms of anxiety. Risky sexual and drug use practices predicted both types of symptoms. Conclusions: Mental distress is associated with drug and sexual risk among male sex workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-155
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Vietnam
  • anxiety
  • male sex workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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