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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
4173.0: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - Board 3

Abstract #103907

Amphetamine use and sexually transmitted infections in Los Angeles County, California

Adi Jaffe, BA1, Dennis G. Fisher, PhD1, Grace L. Reynolds, DPA1, Mario J. Perez2, Charles L. Henry, JD2, and Nettie DeAugustine, BS3. (1) Center for Behavioral Research & Services, California State University, Long Beach, 1090 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813, 562-495-2330, adijaffe@hotmail.com, (2) Office of AIDS Program and Policy (OAPP), Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, 600 S. Commonwealth Avenue, 6th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90005, (3) Preventive Health Bureau/STD Clinic, City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, 2525 Grand Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90815

Objectives: To examine the association of lifetime, as well as recent, use of amphetamine with HIV, and other STIs, as well as risky sexual behaviors (RSBs). Methods: 1589 participants were recruited from HIV prevention and testing programs in Long Beach, California. Recruitment extended to western Los Angeles County. Participants completed the Risk Behavior Assessment (RBA), which was used to collect demographic, drug use, sexual behavior, and sexually transmitted infections data. Results: Lifetime use of amphetamines was found to be associated with previous report of HIV+, χ2 (1, N = 1453) = 10.43, p < .01, and Chlamydia, Χ2 (1, N = 1589) = 8.20, p < .01. Recent (i.e. within the past 30 days) use of amphetamines was also associated with previous report of HIV infection, Χ2 (1, N = 1474) = 5.71, p < .05, as well as Gonorrhea, Χ2 (1, N = 1641) = 4.91, p < .05. ANOVA analyses revealed main effects of gender and sexual orientation as well as gender x recent amphetamine use interaction on frequency of RSBs (e.g. trading sex for money and drugs). Conclusions: A strong association was found between use of amphetamines and self-reported HIV infection. Amphetamine use was also found to be associated with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infections as well as with a number of risky sexual behaviors that contribute to higher infection prevalence. Interventions should target such behaviors along with substance use reduction in order to reduce future incidence rates.

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I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

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