Prevalence of syphilis and HIV infections among men who have sex with men from different settings in Shenzhen, China: implications for HIV/STD surveillance
- 1Shenzhen Center for Chronic Diseases Control and Shenzhen Institute of Dermatology, Shenzhen, China
- 2Baoan District Hospital of Maternal and Child Health, Shenzhen, China
- 3National Center for STD Control, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College Institute of Dermatology, Nanjing, China
- Yu-Mao Cai, Shenzhen Center for Chronic Disease Control, Shenzhen 518020, China;
- Accepted 12 July 2008
- Published Online First 24 July 2008
HIV/STD surveillance system data are important for developing prevention and control programmes for men who have sex with men (MSM), now a core group in Chinese HIV/STD surveillance activities. MSM were recruited from different settings in Shenzhen and were tested for HIV and syphilis. A substantial prevalence of HIV and syphilis infections was found in this population. However, risk behaviours and sociodemographic characteristics varied greatly among MSM recruited from the different settings (gay sauna, gay bar and MSM clinic), suggesting that carefully considering and selecting appropriate settings to represent the MSM population is critical for developing HIV and STD surveillance and prevention programmes.
Funding: This study was financially supported by the Shenzhen Sciences and Technology Program, 2007.
Competing interests: None.
Ethics approval: This study was reviewed and approved by the Medical Ethics Committee of the Shenzhen Centre for Chronic Disease Control/Shenzhen Institute of Dermatology.
Contributors: FCH and HZ were key investigators who were responsible for study design, data analysis and manuscript preparation. YMC and PP were responsible for the implementation of the study in the field and data analysis. TJF and XLL were responsible for study coordination and review of the manuscript. XSC helped with study design and manuscript preparation.