Journal of
AIDS and HIV Research

  • Abbreviation: J. AIDS HIV Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2359
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAHR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 283

Full Length Research Paper

HIV prevention services utilization among men who have sex with men that have recently migrated to Beijing

Hongyan LU
  • Hongyan LU
  • Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
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Xuefeng LI
  • Xuefeng LI
  • State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, and National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention (NCAIDS), Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
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H. Fisher RAYMOND
  • H. Fisher RAYMOND
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, 94102, USA.
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Yanming SUN
  • Yanming SUN
  • Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
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Xiong HE
  • Xiong HE
  • Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
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Song FAN
  • Song FAN
  • State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, and National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention (NCAIDS), Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
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Willi MCFARLAND
  • Willi MCFARLAND
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, 94102, USA. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA.
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Yan XIAO
  • Yan XIAO
  • State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, and National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention (NCAIDS), Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
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Yuhua RUAN
  • Yuhua RUAN
  • State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, and National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention (NCAIDS), Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
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Yiming SHAO
  • Yiming SHAO
  • State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, and National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention (NCAIDS), Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
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  •  Accepted: 04 September 2012
  •  Published: 31 October 2012

Abstract

To assess HIV prevention services access among men who have sex with men (MSM) that recently migrated to Beijing, we conducted a cross-sectional study from October 2010 to January 2011 in Beijing using social network based recruitment. Ten seeds” were selected purposefully. Each subsequent participant was given three recruitment cards to hand to potential recruits. Participants completed a computer-assisted interviewer-administered questionnaire. Questions included demographic information, sexual behaviors, HIV testing information, drug use information. Partner-by-partner sexual behavior, condom use, HIV discussion and HIV status disclosure were assessed. In total, 500 participants were recruited. Twenty percent of the participants reported living in Beijing for less than two years. Short-term MSM residents of Beijing were more likely to be under 20 years old, have lower educational attainment, lower income and lack health insurance compared to long-term MSM residents. In terms of access to HIV prevention services, fewer short-term residents accessed services than long-term residents did. Short-term residents in our study had fewer MSM peers in their social networks, taken with the finding that many men find out about HIV prevention programs through social networks. This suggests that short-term residents are at a disadvantage in being aware of the HIV prevention services available to them. HIV prevention programs must make a concerted effort to reach out to recent migrant MSM.

 

Key words: Men who have sex with men, migrants, China, HIV prevention services, HIV testing.