High-risk behaviours in men from Bogotá, Colombia and the spread of HIV

M. J. Míguez-Burbano, J. B. Page, I. Angarita, N. Rodriguez, M. K. Baum, X. Burbano, G. Shor-Posner

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Our objective was to identify sexual behaviours to risk of HIV infection. A cluster survey of sexually experienced men from diverse socio-demographic settings in Bogotá, Colombia was carried out using a standardized self-administered questionnaire. A high response rate (96%) resulted in the enrolment of 553 men. Most participants 129/442 reported having intercourse with women and 51/111 reported having sex with other men. Most respondents (90%) engaged in high-risk sexual practices; only 2% knew their HIV-1 serostatus. Consistent condom use was reported by 20% of those who practised anal sex, and was even lower (5%) among men who had sex with women during menses. Heterosexuals exhibited a higher degree of risky sexual patterns than homosexual/bisexuals (P=0.01). In conclusion, high-risk sexual practices are prevalent among men in Bogotá, particularly heterosexuals, attesting to the urgent need for effective and specific interventions to prevent HIV transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)739-743
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2001


  • HIV
  • Men
  • Sexual behaviour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology


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