Male injecting drug users in the Deep South: Bisexual behaviour is a marker for elevated HIV risk

L. F. Salazar, R. A. Crosby, S. Head, A. Siegler

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This study determined whether bisexual male injecting drug users (IDUs) as compared with heterosexual IDUs were more likely to engage in HIV-associated risk behaviours. Respondent-driven sampling was employed to recruit a sample of 382 male IDUs residing in the southeastern USA. Data were collected in face-to-face interviews. Weighted analyses showed that bisexual IDUs in the past 12 months were 4.6 times as likely to share needles and 3.5 times as likely to share a cooker; having multiple female sexual partners and trading money or drugs for sex with women were marginally significant. Bisexual IDUs were 10 times as likely to selfreport HIV. Male IDUs, who engage in bisexual behaviour, are also engaging in HIV-associated drug and to some degree sexual-risk behaviours with women more so than heterosexual IDUs. Their higher prevalence of HIV infection coupled with their risk behaviours place themselves and other IDUs at heightened risk of both acquiring and transmitting HIV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-696
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • AIDS
  • Bisexuality
  • HIV
  • Injection drug use
  • Men
  • Sexual risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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