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Correlates of Serosorting and Knowledge of Sexual Partner’s HIV Status Among Men Who have Sex with Men in Ukraine.

Correlates of Serosorting and Knowledge of Sexual Partner’s HIV Status Among Men Who have Sex with Men in Ukraine.
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Iakunchykova O, Burlaka V, King EJ,


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Iakunchykova O, Burlaka V, King EJ,

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AIDS and behavior 2017 12 07() doi 10.1007/s10461-017-2002-4

Abstract

Ukraine has among the highest rates of newly diagnosed HIV infections in the WHO European region. Men who have sex with men (MSM) is the least studied group in the context of the HIV epidemics in Ukraine. The present paper aims to estimate the prevalence and correlates of knowledge of sexual partner’s HIV status and potentially discordant anal intercourse (failure to serosort) among MSM. Data of the cross-sectional study among 8100 MSM in Ukraine in 2013 were used for this analysis. Less than half of the participants (42.5%) reported that they knew the HIV serostatus of their most recent male sexual partner, and about 13% of participants reported failure to serosort during their most recent anal sexual intercourse with a male partner. Targeted interventions can be implemented to increase knowledge about sexual partner’s HIV status, both among HIV-negative and HIV-positive MSM, to reduce the risk of HIV acquisition and transmission.

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