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An Opportunity for Prevention: Prevalence, Incidence, and Sexual Risk for HIV Among Young Asian and Pacific Islander Men Who Have Sex With Men, San Francisco

Choi, Kyung-Hee PhD, MPH*; McFarland, Willi MD, PhD*†; Neilands, Torsten B. PhD*; Nguyen, Sean†; Louie, Brian†; Secura, Gina M.‡; Behel, Stephanie‡; Mackellar, Duncan PhD‡; Valleroy, Linda PhD‡

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Abstract

Objectives: We investigated HIV prevalence and incidence and related risk factors among young Asian and Pacific Islander (API) men who have sex with men (MSM).

Design: We conducted a cross-sectional survey.

Methods: A venue-based sample of 496 young API MSM in San Francisco completed face-to-face questionnaires and received HIV counseling and testing.

Results: HIV prevalence was 2.6% and annualized HIV incidence was 1.8% per year. In multivariate analysis, being American-born, having 51+ lifetime sex partners, and having attended a “‘circuit party” (multiday large MSM gatherings) were associated with HIV infection. Forty-seven percent of the sample reported unprotected anal intercourse in the past 6 months.

Conclusions: The current levels of HIV prevalence, HIV incidence, and sexual risk behavior suggest an emerging HIV epidemic among young API MSM in San Francisco.

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