An emerging HIV risk environment: A preliminary epidemiological profile of an MSM POZ Party in New York City

Michael C. Clatts, Lloyd Goldsamt, H. Yi

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Objective: To develop a preliminary epidemiological description of a men who have sex with men (MSM) "POZ Party," an emerging sex environment for HIV+ MSM. Methods: As part of a pilot study in New York City in 2003, data were collected using a brief, behavioural intercept survey at entry to POZ Party events. Domains include demographic characteristics, history of HIV infection, motivations for attending POZ parties, lifetime and recent exposure to drugs (including use during POZ Party events), and recent sexual practices (both within both POZ Party venues as well as in non-POZ Party venues). Results: Predominantly white and over the age of 30, subjects in the sample include a broad range of years living with HIV infection. Motivations for using a POZ Party venue for sexual partnering include relief from burdens for serostatus disclosure, an interest in not infecting others, and opportunities for unprotected sexual exchange. High rates of unprotected sex with multiple partners are prevalent in the venue. Although the sample evidences high rates of lifetime exposure to illicit drugs, relatively little drug use was reported in these sexual environments. These reports are consistent with evidence from direct observation at the venues themselves, in which no drug use was apparent. Conclusion: Serosorting among HIV+ MSM may reduce new HIV infections, a stated interest of both POZ Party organisers and participants alike. However, high rates of unprotected anal intercourse within these venues signal continued risk for STIs. Additionally, unprotected sexual contact with HIV partners and status unknown partners outside POZ Party venues heightens concern for diffusion of HIV superinfection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-376
Number of pages4
JournalSexually Transmitted Infections
Volume81
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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HIV Infections
HIV
HIV Serosorting
Motivation
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Unsafe Sex
Superinfection
Sexual Partners
Disclosure
Street Drugs
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Observation
Demography
Surveys and Questionnaires

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An emerging HIV risk environment : A preliminary epidemiological profile of an MSM POZ Party in New York City. / Clatts, Michael C.; Goldsamt, Lloyd; Yi, H.

In: Sexually Transmitted Infections, Vol. 81, No. 5, 10.2005, p. 373-376.

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