AIDS knowledge and sexual behavior among Mexican gay and bisexual men.AIDS Educ Prev. 1994 Apr; 6(2):163-74.AE
Little knowledge exists about AIDS and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection among Latin American gay males. In Latin America, sexual transmission from man to man is the leading cause of HIV infection. In Mexico, which ranks third in number of AIDS cases in the Americas, more than three-quarters of the cases are due to sexual transmission; among these cases, 35% and 23.7% are due to homosexual and bisexual male practices, respectively. A sample of 200 individuals from Juarez, Mexico, a city on the U.S. border, was interviewed. Information about their AIDS knowledge, sexual behavior, and condom use was obtained. Factory workers and individuals who meet sexual partners in the streets reported more sexual partners than workers in service or professional occupations and those who meet their partners in bars and discos. Number of sexual partners and respondents' age were inversely associated with condom use. Implications for HIV prevention are discussed.