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Table 2 Comparison of demographic and behavioural characteristics in the last six months between HIV-infected MSM who used recreational drugs or excessive alcohol and those who did not use

From: Recreational drug and excessive alcohol use among HIV-infected men who have sex with men in Central Israel

  Characteristic Recreational drugs or excessive alcohol
N = 202
No drugs or alcohol
N = 74
P
Demographics Age 37.8 ± 9.3 43.2 ± 10.9 < 0.001
Israeli born 180 (90.0) 63 (85.1) 0.2
Less than the average income* 125 (62.2) 44 (59.9) 0.4
University education* 109 (54.2) 42 (56.8) 0.4
Defined as a gay man 125 (98.4) 39 (92.9) 0.09
Jewish 145 (92.9) 55 (96.5) 0.6
HIV “outness” 148 (73.6) 50 (79.5) 0.2
Gay “outness” 81 (96.4) 28 (96.6) 0.7
Sexual behaviour Age first sexual debut (years) 16.5 ± 3.9 18.9 ± 5.5 < 0.001
Steady partner 78 (38.6) 25 (33.8) 0.3
Partner is HIV infected or his status was unknown 28 (36.5) 5 (20.8) 0.2
Performs UAI with sero-discordant steady partner 19 (9.4) 7 (9.5) 0.6
Performs UAI with steady partner 42 (57.5) 11 (45.8) 0.2
Sex buddy 71 (78.0) 19 (82.6) 0.4
Sex buddy is HIV-infected or his status was unknown 10 (5.0) 1 (3.2) N/A
Performs UAI with sero-discordant sex buddy 10 (5.0) 0 (0) N/A
Sex with casual partner/s 165 (81.7) 53 (71.6) 0.05
> 11 casual partners 79 (45.7) 16 (28.6) 0.02
Sex with casual partners who was HIV-infected or unknown 163 (96.4) 52 (94.5) 0.4
Performs UAI with sero-discordant casual partner 75 (59.5) 16 (40.0) 0.04
Been paid for sex 44 (22.1) 6 (8.1) 0.005
Talking about HIV HIV issue is being raised in most times 116 (57.4) 29 (39.9) 0.002
I am the one who raise the issue of HIV 72 (43.4) 17 (37.0) 0.2
Venue of meeting the partners Applications 167 (87.4) 55 (80.9) 0.1
Facebook 21 (11.6) 8 (12.3) 0.5
Sauna 27 (15.0) 8 (12.3) 0.4
Club 44 (23.9) 6 (9.1) 0.06
Sexually transmitted infections Penile condyloma 14 (6.9) 4 (5.4) N/A
Anal condyloma 48 (23.8) 14 (18.9) 0.4
Neisseria gonorrhoea 61 (30.2) 17 (23.0) 0.1
Syphilis 51 (25.2) 17 (23.0) 0.7
Hepatitis C 9 (4.5) 1 (1.4) N/A
Hepatitis B 7 (3.5) 2 (2.7) N/A
Utilization of health services Psychologist 78 (39.6) 20 (28.6) 0.1
psychiatric medications 67 (33.2) 14 (19.7) 0.01
Satisfied with their health status 169 (86.7) 66 (95.7) 0.03
Years of HIV infection 5.2 ± 4 6.6 ± 3 0.06
Anti-retroviral treatment 143 (94.1) 56 (93.3) 0.5
Treated with anti-retroviral medications > 2 years 95 (66.4) 41 (73.2) 0.2
Complete treatment adherence 97 (69.8) 38 (67.9) 0.9
Complete check-up adherence 19 (97.8) 49 (84.5) 0.4
Satisfied from the AIDS treatment centre 135 (90.0) 51 (88.0) 0.9
CD4 626 ± 237 716 ± 225 0.02
Viral load 1624 ± 556 988 ± 353 0.03
  1. MSM- Men who have sex with men
  2. UAI- Unprotected anal intercourse
  3. *Age adjusted
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