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Temporal Trends in Sexual Behavior Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States, 2002 to 2006–2010

Leichliter, Jami S. PhD; Haderxhanaj, Laura T. MPH, MS; Chesson, Harrell W. PhD; Aral, Sevgi O. PhD

JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: June 1st, 2013 - Volume 63 - Issue 2 - p 254–258
doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e31828e0cfc
Brief Report: Epidemiology and Prevention

Abstract: Little is known about national trends in sexual behavior among MSM in the US. Data from the 2002 and 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth were used to compare sexual behaviors of sexually active MSM. Mean number of recent male partners significantly decreased from 2.9 in 2002 to 2.1 in 2006–2010 (P = 0.027), particularly among young MSM. Other sexual risk behaviors did not change or decrease over time. Our findings that sexual risk decreased as HIV and syphilis increased among MSM suggest that factors in addition to individual-level sexual risk should also be examined in relation to recent disease increases.

Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

Correspondence to: Jami S. Leichliter, PhD, Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd MS E-44, Atlanta, GA 30333 (email:

This research was supported in part by an appointment to the Research Participation Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education through an interagency agreement between the US Department of Energy and CDC.

The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Presented in part at the National STD Prevention Conference, March 13, 2012, Minneapolis, MN.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Received September 26, 2012

Accepted February 18, 2013

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins