JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes:
Epidemiology and Social Science
Sexual Risk, Nitrite Inhalant Use, and Lack of Circumcision Associated With HIV Seroconversion in Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States
Buchbinder, Susan P MD*†; Vittinghoff, Eric PhD†; Heagerty, Patrick J MD‡§; Celum, Connie L MD, MPH§; Seage, George R III DSc, MPH∥; Judson, Franklyn N MD¶; McKirnan, David PhD#; Mayer, Kenneth H MD**; Koblin, Beryl A PhD¶
From the *AIDS Office, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA; †Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, CA; ‡Department of Biostatics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; §Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; ∥Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA; ¶Denver Department of Public Health and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO; #Laboratory of Epidemiology, New York Blood Center, New York, NY; and **Research Department, Fenway Community Health Center, Boston, MA, and Brown University, Providence, RI.
Received for publication February 27, 2004; accepted May 24, 2004.
Supported by the HIV Network for Prevention Trials, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Heath and Human Services, through contract NO1-AI-35176 with Abt Associates; contract NO1-AI-45200 with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; and subcontracts with the Denver Department of Public Health, Fenway Community Health Center, Howard Brown Health Center, New York Blood Center, New York University Medical Center, San Francisco Department of Public Health, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Washington; and supported in part by General Clinical Research Center grant M01RR00096 and National Center for Research Resources, NIH, and Center for AIDS Research grant AI 27742 to New York University Medical Center. In addition, this work was supported by the HIV Prevention Trials Network and sponsored by the NIAID, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, and Office of AIDS Research, NIH, US Department of Health and Human Services (5 U01 A1479950).
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Men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to account for the largest number of new HIV infections in the United States, but limited data exist on independent risk factors for infection beyond the early 1990s. The HIV Network for Prevention Trials Vaccine Preparedness Study enrolled 3257 MSM in 6 US cities from 1995 to 1997. HIV seroincidence was 1.55 per 100 person-years (95% confidence interval: 1.23-1.95) over 18 months of follow-up. On multi-variable analysis using time-dependent covariates, independent risk factors for HIV seroconversion were increased number of reported HIV-negative male sex partners (adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 1.14 per partner, population attributable risk (PAR) = 28%), nitrite inhalant use (AOR = 2.2, PAR = 28%), unprotected receptive anal sex with an HIV unknown serostatus partner (AOR = 2.7, PAR = 15%) or HIV-positive partner (AOR = 3.4, PAR = 12%), protected receptive anal sex with an HIV-positive partner (AOR = 2.2, PAR = 11%), lack of circumcision (AOR = 2.0, PAR = 10%), and receptive oral sex to ejaculation with an HIV-positive partner (AOR = 3.8, PAR = 7%). Having a large number of male sex partners, nitrite inhalant use, and engaging in receptive anal sex explained the majority of infections in this cohort and should be targeted in prevention strategies for MSM.
Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, HIV seroincidence has remained higher among men who have sex with men (MSM) than in any other risk group in the United States.1,2 Despite decreases in HIV seroincidence accompanying substantial declines in risk behavior in the 1980s, recent data suggest increases in HIV risk factors3-5 and HIV seroincidence6,7 in the United States, possibly fueled by beliefs in the efficacy of antiretroviral therapy in reducing HIV transmission and disease progression.6,8-10
Most studies evaluating risk factors for prevalent11-15 or incident16-19 HIV infection were conducted during the first 10 years of the epidemic when risk behavior patterns appeared to be quite different from those reported in later years. Limited data exist on risk factors for incident HIV infection in more recent years.20,21 One study of MSM enrolled in 3 US cities into a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-sponsored HIV vaccine preparedness cohort in the early 1990s found that age, unprotected receptive anal sex (VRA), injection drug use, urethritis, and condom failure were independent risk factors for infection.20 The current study extends these findings by analyzing data from a later substantially larger HIV vaccine preparedness cohort that enrolled MSM from 6 US cities at the time more potent antiretroviral therapy became available.
The HIV Network for Prevention Trials (HIVNET) conducted the Vaccine Preparedness Study (VPS), a 9-city prospective cohort study of high-risk MSM, women at heterosexual risk, and injection drug users from April 1995 through May 1997.22 This analysis is limited to the 3257 MSM enrolled in 6 cities: Boston, Chicago, Denver, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. Participants were seen every 6 months over an 18-month period for HIV antibody pretest counseling and testing and behavioral interviews; HIV posttest counseling occurred at separate visits 2 weeks later. The common protocol was approved by all local institutional review boards, and all participants gave written informed consent before participation in the study.
Participants were eligible to participate if they were negative for HIV antibodies on enrollment and reported having anal sex (protected or unprotected) with a man in the 12 months before enrollment. Men were recruited from prior cohort studies, sexually transmitted disease clinics, bars and dance clubs, advertising, street outreach, and referral from other participants. Behavioral assessments were conducted by trained interviewers using a standardized instrument and included questions about demographics, self-perceived risk of acquiring HIV infection, number of penetrative sex partners (anal, vaginal, or oral), sexual behaviors stratified by partner HIV serostatus, drug and alcohol use, recent clinical symptoms, self-reported sexually transmitted infections and circumcision status, and attitudes toward participation in future prevention trials; copies of the questionnaire are available on request. All questionnaires assessed behaviors that occurred in the prior 6-month period.
Multivariable “pooled” logistic regression models were used to identify the independent predictors of HIV seroconversion. In this model, a dichotomous seroconversion outcome is defined for each subject in each 6-month interval in which he remains at risk. The pooled outcomes are analyzed using a logistic regression model that includes a separate intercept for each interval. Like the relative hazards estimated using Cox models, adjusted odds ratios (AORs) estimated using the pooled logistic regression model are interpretable as the relative odds of seroconversion in the interval between the previous and current visits, given that this event has not previously occurred. The final multipredictor model using time-dependent covariates was found using backward deletion of predictor variables significant at P < 0.2 in single-predictor models. This selection procedure was robust and verified in alternative models, including models in which numbers of contacts were taken into account. Population attributable risk (PAR) was estimated using the fitted risks from the pooled logistic regression models.23 PAR estimates for individual predictors based on a multiplicative model may sum to more than 100% and thus are best interpreted as estimating the relative importance of various risk factors. Analyses were carried out using S-plus, version 6.1 (Mathsoft, Seattle, WA).
The demographics of the enrolled cohort are shown in Table 1. Among the 3257 MSM enrolled in the HIVNET VPS, 72 became infected with HIV during 8848 visits throughout the study. The annualized HIV seroincidence was 1.55 per 100 person-years (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.23-1.95), with no statistically significant decline during the 18 months of follow-up (seroincidence at 6-month visit = 1.66, 95% CI: 1.13-2.43; seroincidence at 12-month visit = 1.81, 95% CI: 1.24-2.64; and seroincidence at 18-month visit = 1.15, 95% CI: 0.73-1.83). Of 3257 men, 393 (12%) failed to complete the study.
On univariate analysis, a number of demographic and risk factors were significantly associated with HIV seroconversion (Table 2). Younger men, less educated men, and those lacking private health insurance were more likely to become infected with HIV. Men who were uncircumcised, those with a larger number of sexual partners, those engaging in any of several types of unprotected sex with HIV-positive or unknown serostatus partners, those reporting protected receptive anal sex (PRA), and those engaging in group sex or public sex were also at greater risk than those not reporting these risks on univariate analysis. Men with a self-reported history of urethral or rectal gonorrhea or Chlamydia were also at increased risk. Finally, several drugs were also associated with HIV seroconversion, including nitrite inhalants (“poppers”), amphetamines, cocaine, hallucinogens, and injection drugs.
On multivariate analysis (Table 3), after controlling for specific sexual behaviors, the only demographic variable that remained significantly associated with HIV seroconversion was lack of private health insurance. The association of younger age with seroconversion approached but did not achieve statistical significance; the association was weaker when age was stratified more finely and analyzed as either ordinal or nominal. Uncircumcised men were approximately twice as likely as circumcised men to seroconvert. A number of sexual risk variables were independently associated with an approximate doubling or tripling of risk of HIV seroconversion, including URA with an HIV-positive or unknown serostatus partner, PRA with an HIV-positive partner, and unprotected receptive oral sex with ejaculation (UOE) with an HIV-positive partner. The risk of seroconversion increased by 14% with each additional HIV-negative sex partner in the prior 6 months. Nitrite inhalant use was independently associated with more than a doubling of risk.
We performed supplemental analyses to explore possible causal pathways by which some of these variables may affect the risk of HIV seroconversion. There was no significant interaction between circumcision and self-reported sexually transmitted diseases (AOR for interaction = 2.2, 95% CI: 0.6-8.9) or unprotected insertive anal sex (UIA; AOR for interaction = 0.8, 95% CI: 0.3-2.4) or interaction with other demographic data (eg, city of recruitment, race/ethnicity, age) or substance use (eg, poppers). Similarly, there was no significant interaction between nitrite inhalant use and specific sexual practices, sexually transmitted diseases, or the total number of sex partners (data not shown).
Because the risk associated with either UOE or PRA was previously thought to be relatively low, we further describe the other risk behaviors reported by seroconverters engaging in either of these activities. Of 7 seroconverters reporting UOE with an HIV-positive partner, 6 reported other unprotected sexual contacts that have been estimated to carry a higher per-contact risk of HIV acquisition.24 Of these 6 individuals, 3 reported URA with an HIV-positive partner, 2 others reported UIA with an HIV-positive partner, and 1 reported URA only with HIV-negative partners but reported 15 HIV-negative partners. The remaining participant reported only PRA with an HIV-positive partner.
Of the 16 seroconverters reporting PRA with an HIV-positive partner, only 3 reported no unprotected risk behaviors. Of the remaining 13 individuals, 9 reported URA with an HIV-positive partner, 2 reported URA with an unknown serostatus partner, 2 reported UIA with an HIV-positive partner, 1 reported UIA only with HIV-negative partners but reported 10 HIV-negative partners, and 1 reported only UOE with an HIV-positive partner.
The PAR associated with having at least 1 of the independent risk factors for seroconversion was 82.3% (see Table 3). Having a larger number of reportedly HIV-negative sex partners and nitrite inhalant use carried the greatest PAR, with each potentially accounting for more than one quarter of new infections. URA with an HIV-positive or unknown serostatus partner carried a PAR of 12% and 15%, respectively, with a combined PAR of 25%. PRA with an HIV-positive partner and lack of circumcision were each associated with a PAR of approximately 10%. UOE with an HIV-positive partner carried a PAR of only 7%.
The risk factors appearing to contribute to the greatest number of infections in this cohort included a larger number of HIV-negative sex partners, inhaled nitrite use, and younger age. Although many counseling messages aimed at HIV-negative persons focus on unsafe sexual activity with HIV-positive sex partners or those of unknown HIV serostatus, our study suggested that more than one quarter of new infections arose from men having HIV-“negative” partners. This probably reflects error in presumed partner serostatus, particularly among men with multiple partners, as well as residual confounding by factors such as partner infectiousness and level of sexual trauma. There is an increasing literature on the importance of understanding patterns of sexual mixing on HIV spread,25,26 because the rate of sexual partner change is an important variable in the equation of epidemic spread of infectious diseases.27 Recent data suggest that as many as 25% of the HIV-infected population in the United States28 and up to 77% of young HIV-infected MSM29 are unaware of their HIV serostatus and that 42% of MSM failed to disclose HIV serostatus with at least 1 partner, particularly in nonexclusive partnerships.30 Recent licensure of rapid HIV tests may provide opportunities to increase awareness and disclosure of current HIV serostatus in high-risk populations. Prevention messages should emphasize the importance of reducing the number of sexual partners, even those presumed to be HIV-negative.
Nitrite inhalers have long been reported as associated with prevalent HIV infection13,17 and high-risk sexual practices31-34 and were suspected of being the causal agent of AIDS in the early years of the epidemic. Although the independent contribution of nitrite inhalants to incident infection has been inconsistent across studies, our study and others16,35 found a significant association of nitrite inhalants with prospectively identified HIV infection. Recently, nitrite inhalants have also been found to be independently associated with Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) infection acquisition.36 The pathway by which nitrite inhalants lead to HIV or KSHV infection are not clear. Nitrites inhalants cause peripheral vasodilatation and are believed to decrease anal sphincter tone, potentially leading to more traumatic sexual intercourse or more direct exposure to blood cells.37 Because inhaled nitrites are generally used expressly to increase sexual pleasure, their use may be associated with other unmeasured confounders, including increased partner infectiousness or level of sexual trauma. There are also limited animal38 and human data39 suggesting that nitrite inhalants may cause transient immunosuppression or alter cytokine profiles, which could enhance transmission HIV or KSHV transmission across mucosal barriers. The high prevalence of nitrite inhalant use among highrisk MSM, recently reported by 37% of MSM enrolled in a large multisite behavioral intervention34 and in 16% to 21% of a multisite household-based sample of urban MSM,40 reinforces the need to develop prevention strategies to decrease nitrite inhalant use or alter sexual practices when these substances are used. The latter alternative may be particularly challenging, because nitrite inhalants are used expressly to enhance sexual pleasure. Prevention strategies may need to be adapted to include other recreational drugs as patterns of use change over time.
Recent cross-sectional studies suggest high levels of risk practices and projected HIV seroincidence among men less than 25 years of age7; a prospective seroincidence study conducted in the early 1990s found young age to be an independent predictor of HIV seroconversion.20 Possible mechanisms for increased acquisition among younger men include higher rates of condom failure,41 more frequent misclassification of partner serostatus, and unmeasured variables associated with sexual risk such as trauma during initiation of sexual practices or exposure to recently infected and thus highly infectious cases. In our study, risk estimates were similar in the age groups <25 years old and 26 to 35 years old. Although age ≤35 years did not reach formal statistical significance, its estimated PAR was nominally largest of all the risk factors included in the multipredictor model. Therefore, prevention efforts should be developed that focus particularly on young men, recognizing that this increased risk appears to extend to men in their mid-30s. Our study failed to find an independent association of race/ethnicity with HIV seroconversion as has been reported in recent studies of African-American and Latino MSM,5,42-45 although our power to detect such differences may have been limited by the small numbers of African-American and Latino men enrolled in the study.
Although 2 meta-analyses of the role of circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa have demonstrated a reduced risk of HIV infection in circumcised heterosexual men,46,47 there have only been 2 studies published to date evaluating the association of circumcision with male-to-male HIV acquisition.48,49 One, a multivariate analysis, found that lack of circumcision was independently associated with a 2-fold increased risk of prevalent infection,49 whereas the other found no association between circumcision and recent infection (but without controlling for behavioral risk).48 Our study found a doubling of the risk of HIV acquisition associated with lack of circumcision, although the PAR in our population was relatively low. There is substantial biologic plausibility supporting our finding of decreased risk of HIV acquisition in circumcised MSM, despite our inability to identify the mechanism by which this occurred. Foreskin mucosa contains an abundance of CD4+ T cells and Langerhans cells, and these cells are further increased in men with recent sexually transmitted diseases.50 Foreskin epithelium from uncircumcised men is more susceptible to infection with CXCR5 viruses than cervical mucosa or keratinized foreskin tissue from circumcised men. Intact foreskin has also been associated with an increased incidence of ulcerative sexually transmitted diseases,51 and recent studies demonstrate that herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is associated with an increased risk of HIV acquisition among MSM.52 The advisability of promoting circumcision among high-risk adult men is uncertain, because circumcision after puberty may be less protective.53 A randomized controlled trial of this prevention strategy is being planned for heterosexual men in Africa, where the PAR for HIV infection arising from lack of circumcision appears to be substantially higher than in MSM.
Many studies have demonstrated that receptive anal sex is most strongly associated with prevalent12,13,17,54,55 and incident HIV infection in MSM16,18,20 and carries the highest per-contact risk of acquiring HIV.24 This study found that that URA with either HIV-positive or unknown serostatus partners explained one quarter of new infections in this cohort. Surprisingly, we also found an independent increase in the risk of HIV seroconversion among men reporting PRA with an HIV-positive partner. This finding likely represents a combination of overreporting of condom use and unrecognized condom failure by the receptive partner. Condom failure rates are particularly increased among MSM who use condoms infrequently, substance users, and those failing to use appropriate lubricants.56 Public health messages should emphasize the risk associated with PRA as well as URA so that individuals can factor this into their sexual decision making and provide lubricants; such messages should also provide education about proper condom use so as to minimize condom failure.
Although there have been a number of well-documented case reports of HIV acquisition likely as a result of receptive oral sex57,58 and a number of studies demonstrating an epidemiologic association of receptive oral sex with HIV infection,15,16 most studies have failed to find an independent contribution of oral sex to HIV seroconversion after controlling for receptive anal sex, which carries a much higher per-contact risk. Our study found a substantial elevated risk independently associated with receptive oral sex with ejaculation with positive partners, however, after controlling for receptive and insertive anal sex practices. The plausibility of oral transmission of HIV comes from animal studies59 and studies indicating that tonsillar tissue is rich in dendritic cells and M cells, both capable of antigen transport to lymphoid tissue in the absence of trauma or inflammation.60 A longitudinal study of MSM found the per-contact risk of receptive oral sex to be comparable to that of insertive anal sex,24 and several studies of newly infected persons document a substantial minority of newly infected persons reporting only this risk behavior despite repeated questioning.61-63 The fact that other types of contact were reported in our study by seroconverters who also reported receptive oral sex with an HIV-positive partner makes it less likely that our finding is a result of underreporting of stigmatized higher risk behaviors; furthermore, the finding persisted in alternative models in which numbers of contacts were taken into account. Our study was also able to address the independent contribution of unprotected oral sex among MSM engaging in multiple types of risk; studies of persons whose only exposure is to oral sex may not be generalizable to populations engaging in both anal and oral sex. Nevertheless, it is impossible to determine definitively whether the independent association of oral sex with ejaculation in our study represents true transmission by this route or instead may be a marker of riskier sexual practices in general or of unmeasured confounders. Other studies attempting to evaluate the role of oral sex in transmission are difficult to interpret because of the limited number of persons with exposure to known HIV-positive partners64 or because of a focus on serodiscordant couples,65 a group in which the risk of transmission by any route is already likely to be lower than in persons newly entering relationships or persons with multiple partners. Data from our study and reports of newly infected individuals suggest that approximately 5% to 10% of new HIV infections in MSM are attributable to receptive oral sex. Public health efforts should focus on reducing the total number of partners and receptive anal sex contacts; however, individual counseling should include messages about the potential for HIV acquisition to occur by means of oral exposure to infected semen.
High infection rates in MSM populations argue for the need to develop and test prevention strategies for these populations. Early studies were limited in their ability to identify independent risk factors preceding HIV infection. The current study extends earlier work and points to a number of opportunities for building effective prevention strategies: reductions in the number of sexual partners and episodes of receptive anal sex; regular HIV antibody testing and disclosure of test results to all sex partners; and strategies focused on reducing sexual risk associated with substances, including inhaled nitrites.
The authors are grateful for the dedication and commitment of VPS participants, the efforts of VPS site staff, and the contributions of the HIVNET Community Advisory Board Members.
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