P173 Multi-drug use, and associated factors, within a community based sample of Gay and Bisexual Men in Scotland

Riddell, J. , Boydell, N. and McDaid, L. (2016) P173 Multi-drug use, and associated factors, within a community based sample of Gay and Bisexual Men in Scotland. BASHH Conference, Oxford, UK, 10-12 July 2016. A78-A78. (doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2016-052718.223)

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Background/introduction: Research suggests that drug use may be higher among men who have sex with men (MSM), and links between drug use and risky sexual behaviours are well established. Evidence suggests that MSM who report ‘ever using’ drugs may report using a variety of drug types. Aim(s)/objectives: To explore multi-drug use and associated sexual risk behaviours within a community sample of MSM in Scotland. Methods: Analysis of data from 1292 MSM participating in bar-based surveys in Scotland in 2014. Factors related to ‘ever using’ and multi-drug use within the previous 12 months were examined. Multi-drug use was calculated using those who reported more than one type of drug use in the previous 12 months (injecting, snorting or psychoactive drugs). Results: The mean age of men sampled was 34.72 years (range 18–82, SD = 11.23). Most men identified as gay (92.3%) and reported being educated post 16 (85.8%). 42.6% of men reported ‘ever using’ drugs and of those, 55.3% had used within the last 12 months. 47.8% of men using within the last 12 months reported multi-drug use. Men who had used drugs within the last 12 months and those reporting multi-drug use were more likely to report more risky sex, specifically group sex. However, they also reported higher rates of both HIV and STI testing. Discussion/conclusion: The percentage of men reporting multi-drug use is consistent with previous research. Although men reported more risky sexual behaviours, testing rates would suggest they understand and respond to these risks. HIV/STI screening may present opportunities to identify and address potentially problematic drug use with attendees.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:Poster presented at BASHH Conference, Oxford, 10-12 July 2016.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McDaid, Professor Lisa and Boydell, Dr Nicola and Riddell, Miss Julie
Authors: Riddell, J., Boydell, N., and McDaid, L.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Research Group:MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
Journal Name:Sexually Transmitted Infections
Journal Abbr.:STIs
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN (Online):1472-3263

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
656571Sexual Health and Families ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/2IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
727631SPHSU Core Renewal: Relationships & Health Improvement Research ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/11IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU