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Research progresses of mental health of MSM and its relationship with high risk sexual behaviors

YANG Jun, ZHU Chen-di, MA Jin, WANG Ying, CAI Yong   

  1. School of Public Health, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200025, China
  • Online:2014-09-28 Published:2014-09-26
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China,71273174; Arts Innovation Project of Shanghai Municipal Education Committee,14YS022; Key Disciplines Construction Project of Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau,12GWZX0601;Shanghai Pujiang Program,14PJC076


Men who have sex with men (MSM) are high risk population of infection of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) because of their unique ways of high risk sexual behaviors. At the same time, MSM are also disturbed by mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, etc. These mental health problems may affect their ways of sexual intercourse, increase the risk of sexual behaviors, and affect the outcome of HIV interventions. Therefore, the exploration of mental health issues of MSM and their relationship with high risk sexual behaviors is helpful for making more effective comprehensive interventions and reducing the risk of infection of HIV.

Key words: men who have sex with men, mental health, high risk sexual behavior