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Attitudes Toward Methamphetamine Use and HIV Risk Behavior in Men Who Have Sex with Men.
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PMID:  23786508     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background and Objectives: Methamphetamine use has been strongly associated with high-risk sexual behaviors, and its use has been increasing among men who have sex with men (MSM). Although the behavioral implications of methamphetamine use and sexual risk have been broadly examined, fewer studies have examined attitudes about methamphetamine use. Methods: This study investigates the relationship between personal beliefs regarding methamphetamine use, patterns of use, and sexual risk behaviors within a sample of MSM attending a gay pride event (N= 342). Results: A minority of MSM reported lifetime (27%) or recent (7%) methamphetamine use. Only a minority of MSM who had used methamphetamine believed that it enhanced sexual pleasure (32%) or incorporated methamphetamine use into their sexual activity (31%). Individuals who used methamphetamine during sexual activity were more likely to be recent users of the drug and more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors. A significant minority of participants endorsed items assessing the disinhibiting effects of methamphetamine including being less likely to use a condom (35%) and less selective in their choice of partners (26%). Conclusions and Scientific Significance: Results suggest that prevention efforts may benefit from targeting the minority of methamphetamine users who perceive methamphetamine as enhancing sexual activity and use it for this purpose. (Am J Addict 2012;21:S35-S42).
Eric G Benotsch; Shannon Perschbacher Lance; Christopher D Nettles; Stephen Koester
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal on addictions / American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions     Volume:  21 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1521-0391     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Addict     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9208821     Medline TA:  Am J Addict     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S35-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.
Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia Department of Psychology, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado Department of Psychology, George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia Departments of Anthropology and Health & Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado.
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