The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3015.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 8:30 AM

Abstract #63336

Substance use prevalence among API men who have sex with men

Don Operario, PhD and Kyung Hee Choi, PhD. Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California San Francisco, 74 New Montgomery Street, Suite 250, San Francisco, CA 94105, (415) 597-9257,

The study presents one of the largest known investigations of substance use prevalence among Asian and Pacific Islander (API) men who have sex with men (MSM). Using targeted sampling methods, we conducted individual interviews with 496 API MSM recruited from gay-themed venues in San Francisco. The sample included a diverse representation in terms of ethnicity, education, nativity, and degree of being "out" about their sexual orientation. The most common substances used during the past 6 months were hallucinogens (82%), speed/uppers (77%), cocaine or crack (73%), poppers or nitrites (68%), ketamine (65%), marijuana (56%), downers or other barbituates (56%), crystal (55%), and GHB (55%). Frequent alcohol use during the past 6 months was associated with frequency of attending gay clubs and having unprotected anal sex. Frequent drug use was associated with being U.S. born, not completing college, and degree of being being out. Party drug use and polydrug use were both associated with being U.S. born, frequency of attending gay clubs, attending circuit parties, and having multiple sex partners. We consider implications for targeted outreach and substance use treatment for API MSM.

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Keywords: Substance Abuse Prevention, Gay Men

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None.
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Emerging Health Issues among API Populations

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA