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Psycho-social Correlates of Condom Use and HIV Testing among MSM Refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.

Psycho-social Correlates of Condom Use and HIV Testing among MSM Refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.
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Tohme J, Egan JE, Friedman MR, Stall R,


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Tohme J, Egan JE, Friedman MR, Stall R,

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AIDS and behavior 2016 7 22()

Abstract

MSM refugees have to deal with personal challenges and social/structural adversaries based on their refugee status on top of their sexual identity. To better customize interventions beside this population, we explored psycho-social and structural correlates of condom use and HIV testing in Lebanon by surveying and testing 150 participants. 67 % self-identified as gay. 84.6 % reported any unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) with men in the prior 3 months. Those who engaged in UAI, were lest comfortable with a doctor, didn’t know where to get free HIV testing, experienced discrimination based on their refugee status and spent more time with their refugee peers, were less inclined to have seen a doctor in the past 12 month or knew where to get free HIV testing. Ever having been HIV tested was associated with being comfortable with medical doctors, knowing where to get HIV testing and spending time with other peer refugees. HIV prevention and testing promotion efforts targeting MSM refugees need to account for structural barriers, while fighting discrimination is crucial for a healthy sexual identity development.

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