Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men: a London genitourinary medicine clinic experience

Int J STD AIDS. 2008 Sep;19(9):617-9. doi: 10.1258/ijsa.2008.008039.


The aim was to examine sexual behaviour and rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in black and minority ethnic (BME) men who have sex with men (MSM) attending a London genitourinary medicine clinic. A case-note review of BME MSM (n = 203) attending our service between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2006 was carried out. BME MSM were those who self-identified as being of Black (Caribbean, African or Other), South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan) and Chinese/South-East Asian (Malaysian, Thai, Filipino, Japanese) ethnicities. Consecutively attending self-identified white British (WB) MSM (n = 203) were used as a comparative group. BME MSM were significantly more likely to report unprotected anal intercourse with casual male partners in the preceding three months (P = 0.0016) and were more likely to report female sexual partners (P = 0.0018). Rectal gonorrhoea was more common in WB MSM (P = 0.02). Numbers of other bacterial STIs and HIV infection were similar in both groups. The higher reported rates of risk behaviour in BME MSM are of concern and support the need for focussed sexual health promotion.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Continental Ancestry Group / ethnology*
  • African Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities
  • Genital Diseases, Male* / epidemiology
  • Genital Diseases, Male* / ethnology
  • Homosexuality, Male
  • Humans
  • London / epidemiology
  • London / ethnology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Minority Groups*
  • Sexual Behavior / ethnology*
  • Sexual Partners*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases* / ethnology