Transactional sex, condomless anal sex, and HIV risk among men who have sex with men

Ofole Mgbako, Su H. Park, Denton Callander, Dustin A. Brinker, Christopher Kuhner, Adam W. Carrico, H. Jonathon Rendina, Dustin T. Duncan

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To understand the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men who engage in transactional sex (MSM-TS) in Paris, France, we sought to examine the association between engagement in transactional sex and HIV risk behaviors among MSM in Paris, France. Users of a geosocial-networking application in Paris were provided an anonymous web-based survey (N = 580), which included questions about transactional sex and behavioral risk factors for HIV along with sexually transmitted infection (STI)/HIV status. Multivariate analyses showed that engagement in transactional sex was associated with condomless receptive and insertive anal intercourse (adjusted relative risk [aRR] = 1.34, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.04–1.72 and aRR = 1.41, 95% CI = 1.04–1.91, respectively). MSM-TS were more likely to have engaged in substance use before or during sex (aRR = 1.35, 95% CI = 1.13–1.62), to have participated in group sex (aRR = 1.37, CI = 1.13–1.62), and to have had an STI during the last year (aRR = 1.68, 95% CI = 1.16–2.45). Transactional sex was not associated with HIV status. MSM-TS in Paris engaged in higher HIV risk behaviors, however, did not have higher rates of HIV infection. Sexual health interventions should continue to target MSM-TS; however, future studies should characterize the social, cultural, and structural factors that interact with individual behaviors to elevate HIV risk for MSM-TS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-801
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


  • France
  • HIV
  • men who have sex with men
  • transactional sex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Dermatology


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