Substance use, mental health, HIV testing, and sexual risk behavior among men who have sex with men in the state of Maharashtra, India

J. Michael Wilkerson, Angela Di Paola, Shruta Rawat, Pallav Patankar, B. R. Simon Rosser, Maria L. Ekstrand

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Abstract

Among 433 men who have sex with men in Maharashtra, India who completed an online survey, 23% reported hazardous drinking, 12% illicit substance, and 9% polysubstance use. The overall prevalence of depression and intimate partner violence (IPV) were 58% and 56%, respectively. Participants engaging in hazardous drinking had more sexual partners and were less likely to be married to women. Participants reporting illicit substance use or polysubstance use were more likely to have been out, had more sexual partners, or experienced IPV. Those reporting illicit substance use were more likely to engage in condomless anal sex. Based on our findings, we suggest that public health interventions integrate HIV, substance use, and mental health services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-107
Number of pages12
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2018

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