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Revista de la Universidad Industrial de Santander. Salud

Print version ISSN 0121-0807On-line version ISSN 2145-8464


RODRIGUEZ, Laura Andrea et al. Prevalence of infection by HIV/AIDS in men who have sex with men in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Rev. Univ. Ind. Santander. Salud [online]. 2009, vol.41, n.2, pp.135-141. ISSN 0121-0807.

Introduction: Prevention and control of infection by HIV/AIDS is a challenge to public health. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in men who have sex with men and the behavioral factors related with transmission in Bucaramanga, Colombia Materials and Methods: Transversal descriptive serological survey with non probabilistic sampling in meeting and reclusion places. A structured interview and serum sample linked by codes was applied. Results: 336 men with 27.6 +/- 8.4 age mean were studied in nine places. A 92.4% had secondary or upper education level. 6% were living with a female partner and 19.9% with a male partner. The 54.6% reported that never or occasionally used condom with their partners. The 43% of men had been tested for HIV and 20.1% of them (29 men) were already diagnosed as serum positive. Amongst 150 men screened, 8 new cases were diagnosed reaching 11.01% prevalence in general. Conclusions: Results show there is a concentrated epidemic HIV in Bucaramanga. In spite prevention strategies for general population currently carried out, it is recommended to continue specific strategies for this population group to control risk behavior in the HIV transmission. Salud UIS 2009; 41: 135-141

Keywords : Prevalence; MSM; Screening; diagnosis; HIV/AIDS.

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