Setting the scene

Locations for meeting sex partners among behaviorally bisexual men in vientiane, laos, and opportunities for health promotion

Anna L. Bowring, Caroline Van Gemert, Kongehay Vongsaiya, Chad Hughes, Amphoy Sihavong, Chansy Phimphachanh, Niramonh Chanlivong, Paul A. Agius, Mike Toole, Margaret Hellard

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Abstract

Behaviorally bisexual men (BBM) in Vientiane, Laos report high-risk sexual behaviors. We explore settings for meeting sex partners and associated risk behaviors among BBM in Laos. BBM and their sexual partners were recruited in Vientiane Capital using modified snowball sampling (2010). Settings for usually meeting sex partners and associations with risk behaviors were assessed. Among 88 BBM, the most common settings for men meeting male, kathoey, and female sex partners were private residences (48%, 37%, 51%, respectively) and hospitality settings (39%, 31%, 40%, respectively). Hospitality settings were more commonly reported by heterosexual-identifying BBM, and private residences more commonly reported by bisexual/homosexual-identifying BBM. Inconsistent condom use was high across partners and settings. Meeting partners in hospitality settings was associated with reporting a high number of female sex partners and frequently drinking alcohol before sex. Our results suggest that targeted health promotion initiatives in bars, clubs, and beer-shops could reach a high proportion of high-risk bisexual men, particularly heterosexual-identifying BBM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-553
Number of pages16
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

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Bowring, Anna L. ; Van Gemert, Caroline ; Vongsaiya, Kongehay ; Hughes, Chad ; Sihavong, Amphoy ; Phimphachanh, Chansy ; Chanlivong, Niramonh ; Agius, Paul A. ; Toole, Mike ; Hellard, Margaret. / Setting the scene : Locations for meeting sex partners among behaviorally bisexual men in vientiane, laos, and opportunities for health promotion. In: AIDS Education and Prevention. 2014 ; Vol. 26, No. 6. pp. 538-553.
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