CHICAGO — In a survey conducted among gay and bi men in New York at various bathhouses and gay bars, it has been found that HIV and STDs are the top health concern. Tied for second were mental health and drug/alcohol use.
Hunger College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) conducted the study of 660 men in 2011 to see if anecdotal concerns about “HIV prevention fatigue,” in which it’s assumed that safer sex admonitions have become diluted over time, was “a real problem,” researchers said. The Windy City Times and others reported on the findings from a CHEST-issued press release.
Those surveyed were asked to rank HIV/STDs, mental health, smoking, body image and drug/alcohol use. The study is titled “Perceived importance of five different health issues for gay and bisexual men: Implications for new directions in health education and prevention” and will be published in an upcoming issue of the American Journal of Men’s Health.