STD prevalence, risky sexual behaviors, and sex with women in a national sample of Chinese men who have sex with men

Am J Public Health. 2009 Nov;99(11):1978-81. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.150037. Epub 2009 Sep 17.


We describe the behavioral characteristics and sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevalence of Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM) (n = 41) from a national probability sample of men (n = 1861). Most MSM were partnered with females (97%) and had a low rate of consistent condom use (7%). More MSM than heterosexual men self-reported a prior STD and risky sexual behaviors. MSM may act as a bridge for HIV transmission to female partners. Targeted interventions may help prevent a generalized HIV epidemic in China.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • China / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Homosexuality, Male*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sexual Partners
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Young Adult