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Self-reported recent testing and diagnosis for sexually transmitted infections among regular ecstasy users in Australia, 2011-2012

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Nguyen, PLT and Bruno, R and Alati, R and Lenton, S and Burns, L and Dietze, PM, Self-reported recent testing and diagnosis for sexually transmitted infections among regular ecstasy users in Australia, 2011-2012, Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, (2) pp. 211-214. ISSN 0959-5236 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

DOI: doi:10.1111/dar.12105

Abstract

Background Previous studies suggest that people who consume alcohol and drugs are at increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STI). We examined the prevalence and predictors of self-reported STI testing and diagnosis among self-reported regular ecstasy users (REU). Methods Nine hundred and fifty-five REUs from the 2011 and 2012 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System were included in the analysis. Bivariate and multivariate Poisson regression were used to identify predictors of recent STI testing, and logistic regression was used to identify predictors of recent STI diagnosis. Results Forty-four per cent of REUs reported having a recent STI test, and 5% reported a recent diagnosis. Of the 421 REUs who reported a recent test, 10% reported a recent STI diagnosis. In multivariate analysis, REUs were more likely to report a recent STI test if they were female versus male [risk ratio (RR) = 1.56; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.36−1.80], aged 2529 years versus 1619 years (RR = 1.34; 95% CI = 1.05−1.72), or reported ≥2 casual sex partners versus no casual partners (RR = 1.48; 95% CI = 1.012.14). REUs reporting cannabis use in the past six months were 0.78 times less likely to report a recent STI test (95% CI = 0.66−0.94). There were no significant predictors associated with STI diagnosis. Conclusion Encouragingly, REUs who reported having multiple casual partners in the past six months were more likely to report a recent test. However, younger REUs aged 1619 years were least likely to test, suggesting health promotion needs to be directed to this age group. Further research is required to explain the lower testing among cannabis users.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ecstasy, sexually transmitted disease
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Substance Abuse
Author:Bruno, R (Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno)
ID Code:87953
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2013-12-19
Last Modified:2018-04-26
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