Club drug use among young men who have sex with men in NYC

A preliminary epidemiological profile

Michael C. Clatts, Lloyd Goldsamt, Huso Yi

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This paper describes findings from a study of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in New York City. Using a cross-sectional design and a community-based targeted sampling approach, a total of 569 YMSM were recruited during 2000 and 2001 for a structured survey interview. High rates of lifetime exposure to a variety of club drugs (including methamphetamine, ketamine, and MDMA) are observed in the overall sample. Among those who use club drugs on a chronic basis (N = 145), we found high rates of a prior suicide attempt (including high rates of multiple suicide attempts), high rates of lifetime exposure to multiple types of drugs, high rates of current poly drug use (including multiple types of club drugs), and high rates of current depressive symptoms. Chronic club drug users had a mean CES-D score of 8.5 and nearly two-thirds had a score of 7 or more. Although high rates of condom use are reported in some types of sexual exchanges, data show multiple types of sexual risk among chronic club drug users, including high rates of unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) with most frequent partners and comorbid drug use among both YMSM and their sexual partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume40
Issue number9-10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

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Keywords

  • Circuit parties
  • Club drugs
  • Drug use
  • HIV risk
  • Mental health
  • Young men who have sex with men (YMSM)

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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Club drug use among young men who have sex with men in NYC : A preliminary epidemiological profile. / Clatts, Michael C.; Goldsamt, Lloyd; Yi, Huso.

In: Substance Use and Misuse, Vol. 40, No. 9-10, 2005.

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