Sex partner meeting places over time among newly HIV diagnosed men who have sex with men (MSM) in Baltimore, Maryland
Published Date:Oct 2015
Source:Sex Transm Dis. 42(10):549-553.
Men Who Have Sex With Men
Sex Partner Meeting Places
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4571287
Funding:3R01DA031030-04S1/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States
F31 DA038540/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States
P30 AI094189/AI/NIAID NIH HHS/United States
PS12-1201/PS/NCHHSTP CDC HHS/United States
R01 DA031030/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States
T32 AI050056/AI/NIAID NIH HHS/United States
T32 AI050056-12/AI/NIAID NIH HHS/United States
T32 HD052459/HD/NICHD NIH HHS/United States
T32-HD052459/HD/NICHD NIH HHS/United States
T71MC08054/PHS HHS/United States
Sex partner meeting places may be important locales to access men who have sex with men (MSM) and implement targeted human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) control strategies. These locales may change over time, but temporal evaluations have not been performed.
The objectives of this study were to describe the frequency of report of MSM sex partner meeting places over time, and to compare frequently reported meeting places in the past five years and past year among newly HIV diagnosed MSM in Baltimore City, Maryland. Public health HIV surveillance data including partner services information was obtained for this study from the Baltimore City Health Department from May 2009 to June 2014.
869 sex partner meeting places were reported, including 306 unique places. Bars/clubs (31%) and internet-based sites (38%) were the most frequently reported meeting place types. Over the five year period, the percentage of bars/clubs decreased over time and the percentage of internet-based sites increased over time. Among bars/clubs, 4/5 of those most frequently reported in the past five years were also most frequently reported in the most recent year. Among internet-based sites, 3/5 of those most frequently reported in the past five years were also in the top five most frequently reported in the past year.
This study provides a richer understanding of sex partner meeting places reported by MSM over time and information to health departments on types of places to access a population at high risk for HIV transmission.
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