Sexual inactivity among men who have sex with men living with hiv in Europe

T. Platteau*, Christiana Nöstlinger, Ward Schrooten, Chris Kenyon, JJDM van Lankveld, Robert Colebunders, Eurosupport Study Group

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Abstract

Objectives: Most people living with HIV stay sexually active, but some remain inactive. This study investigated prevalence and correlates of sexual inactivity among European HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). Methods: An anonymous sexual health questionnaire was distributed in 17 HIV outpatient clinics throughout Europe. Ninety-seven (11.6%) of 838 respondents reported absence of sexual activity. Results: Multivariable regression analysis identified older age, relationship status, and less satisfaction with general health and sexual desire as being associated with sexual inactivity. Conclusions: Prevalence of sexual inactivity has declined since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy to levels similar to those of HIV-negative MSM, suggesting a tendency toward normalization of HIV-positive MSM's sex lives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume27
Issue number2
Early online date23 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • sexual health promotion
  • sexual satisfaction
  • Europe
  • sexual inactivity

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