Dr Wong Chen Seong
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
The increasing trend of HIV infections in men who have sex with men (MSM) in Singapore, especially amongst younger men, is a matter of concern and one that requires urgent action. High risk behaviour driving this on-going epidemic include the continued practice of bareback sex within and outside of committed relationships, sex under the influence of alcohol and recreational drugs, as well as serosorting with or without the use of home-based HIV tests. A better understanding of the knowledge and perceptions underpinning these behaviours is the first step towards designing more effective safer sex messages aimed at these at-risk populations.
A self-administered, web-based questionnaire that collected information on demographic details as well as sexual behaviours with both regular and casual partners (including means of contact, the use of condoms and the concurrent use of recreational drugs). Also collected were data on HIV testing and self-perceptions of risk, as well as the knowledge of, and acceptability and affordability of post and pre-exposure prophylaxis.
We will be presenting these data and seeking to identify salient trends, as well as opening the discussion to the floor to gain consensus and new ideas with regards to improving safer sex messaging to the MSM community at large.