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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