Sex and drugs: High-irsk behaviors at circuit parties

James John Weidel, Elias Provencio-Vasquez, Janet Grossman

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HIV and other sexually transmitted infection rates are increasing among men who have sex with men. This increase may be attributed to the high rates of drug use and risky sexual behaviors at gay festive events called circuit parties. Although few studies have examined the actual level of risk, the implications from the available studies underscore the need for the development of interventions to address this public health concern. The 5 As approach provides an evidence-based approach to assist in behavior change that may reduce the HIV and sexually transmitted infection rates among gay and bisexual men who attend circuit parties. This article reviews the findings and recommendations from the few available studies on circuit parties and risk behavior. The authors propose that the 5 As approach for behavioral change be adapted by practitioners in the primary care setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-352
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008


  • 5 As
  • Circuit party
  • Club drugs
  • Drug use
  • Gay men
  • HIV
  • MSM
  • Unprotected sex
  • Unsafe sex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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