Temporal relations between methamphetamine use and HIV seroconversion in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men

Perry N. Halkitis, Michael D. Levy, Todd M. Solomon

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Abstract

Data from a cross-sectional study of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men who were active methamphetamine users were analyzed to assess temporal relations between HIV seroconversion and initiation of methamphetamine use. Of the 100 men, 58 reported being HIV-positive. Most HIV-positive participants (65%) initiated methamphetamine use after seroconverting. Among those who initiated use before seroconversion, 8 years elapsed between onset of use and time of infection. Findings suggest the need to develop nuanced and targeted interventions aimed at disentangling the €meth-sex€ link in this population. Findings also suggest use of the drug as a coping mechanism for those living with HIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of health psychology
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • HIV
  • MSM
  • drug use initiation
  • methamphetamine
  • seroconversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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