Effect of age on the association between recreational drug use and sexual risk behaviour: A cross-sectional observational analysis

Arthur Wong, Garrett P. Prestage, I. Mary Poynten, Fengyi Jin, Richard J. Hillman, Carmella Law, Christopher K. Fairley, Suzanne M. Garland, Andrew E. Grulich, David J. Templeton

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Recreational drug use (RDU) among gay and bisexual men (GBM) is associated with higher-risk sexual behaviours, however this has not been well defined among older GBM. We investigated the association between RDU and sexual behaviours among older GBM in Sydney, Australia. 617 GBM aged 35-79 years self-reported their RDU in the past 6 months and sexual behaviours. Age-stratified univariable associations between RDU and behaviour were examined. GBM aged 35-44 years were the most likely to report RDU, with rates decreasing with increasing age (Ptrend < 0.001). Associations between RDU and higher-risk sexual behaviours were most consistently found among GBM aged 35-54 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-542
Number of pages5
JournalSexual Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • drug use
  • gay men
  • men who have sex with men
  • sexual behaviours

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