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.
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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.