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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Scopus citations

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

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study Internet-Based HIV Prevention for Indian MSM (ISHKonnect) was funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research, Division of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, grant number INDO-US/84/2010-ECD-II and the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, grant number 1R21AI094676-01. The institutional review boards of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the University of Minnesota, the University of California San Francisco, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and The Humsafar Trust approved research protocols.

Funding Information:
J. Michael Wilkerson, PhD, MPH, and Angela Di Paola, MS, are affiliated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, Houston, Texas. Shruta Rawat, MSc, and Pallav Patankar, MA, are affiliated with The Humsafar Trust, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. B. R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH, LP, is affiliated with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Maria L. Ekstrand, PhD, is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, San Francisco, California. The study Internet-Based HIV Prevention for Indian MSM (ISHKonnect) was funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research, Division of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, grant number INDO-US/84/2010-ECD-II and the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, grant number 1R21AI094676-01. The institutional review boards of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the University of Minnesota, the University of California San Francisco, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and The Humsafar Trust approved research protocols. The authors would like to thank all ISHKonnect participants and the staff at The Humsafar Trust for supporting this study. Address correspondence to J. Michael Wilkerson, PhD, MPH, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 7000 Fannin, Suite 2620, Houston, TX 77030. E-mail: Johnny.M.Wilkerson@uth.tmc.edu

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 The Guilford Press.

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Substance use, mental health, HIV testing, and sexual risk behavior among men who have sex with men in the state of Maharashtra, India'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this