Injecting drug use among gay and bisexual men in Sydney: Prevalence and associations with sexual risk practices and HIV and hepatitis C infection Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Injecting drug use is commonly reported among gay and bisexual men in Australia. We examined the prevalence and covariates of injecting drug use among men participating in the Sydney Gay Community Periodic Survey between 2004-06 and 2011. In 2004-06, data was collected about which drugs were injected, while in 2011, data was collected about hepatitis C (HCV) and esoteric sexual practices. In 2004-06, 5.6 % of men reported injecting drugs in the previous 6 months; 3.4 % reported methamphetamine injection and 0.4 % heroin injection. In 2011, men who injected drugs were less likely to be employed full-time, and more likely to be HCV-positive, HIV-positive, to have used party drugs for sex, and to have engaged in esoteric sexual practices. The strong associations between injecting drug use, sexual risk practices and blood-borne virus infection suggests the need for combined sexual health and harm reduction services for gay and bisexual men who inject drugs.

authors

  • Lea, T
  • Mao, L
  • Bath, N
  • Prestage, G
  • Zablotska, I
  • De Wit, J
  • Holt, M

publication date

  • 2013

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