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Sexual and injecting risk behaviours among regular ecstasy users


Dunn, M and Day, C and Bruno, RB and Degenhardt, L and Campbell, G, Sexual and injecting risk behaviours among regular ecstasy users, Addictive Behaviors, 35, (2) pp. 157-160. ISSN 0306-4603 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.09.001


Substance users may be at a heightened risk for the transmission of HIV and other blood-borne viral infections (BBVI) through injecting drug use or risky sexual behaviours. The current study aimed to investigate the engagement in BBVI-risk behaviours among a sentinel group of regular ecstasy users in Australia, with a particular focus on sexual practices and describe the occurrence of BBVI testing among this group. Participants were regular ecstasy users recruited across Australia in 2007 who were administered a structured interview that contained questions regarding substance use, sexual behaviours and occurrence of BBVI testing. Results indicate high levels of unprotected sex in the past 6 months (77% reported inconsistent condom use with a regular partner; 54% with a casual partner). Half the sample reported never having an HIV test. Unprotected sex was associated with being heterosexual; despite this, heterosexuals were also less likely to report HIV testing status. These data suggest that targeted health promotion messages may be needed for this group of predominantly young, heterosexual substance users who may fall out of the reach of traditional messages.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Ecstasy; HIV; Sexually transmitted infections; Unsafe sex; Heterosexual
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bruno, RB (Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno)
ID Code:63784
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2010-05-31
Last Modified:2014-11-27

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