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Pirnia B, Mansour S, Rahmani S, Soleimani A A. Sexual Behavior and Age Differences in Methamphetamine Dependent and Non-Dependent Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM). PCP 2015; 3 (4) :273-282
URL: http://jpcp.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-281-en.html
1- Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Science and Culture, Tehran, Iran. , b.pirnia@usc.ac.ir
2- Department of Psychology, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran.
3- Department of Psychology, Karaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran.
4- Department of Psychology, University of Science & Culture, Tehran, Iran.
Abstract:   (4071 Views)

Objective: Methamphetamine consumers use can have more efficient practices, be hyperactive, and take sexual risk-taking behaviors. These behaviors are particularly remarkable in homosexuals.
Methods: The present study was conducted based on casual-comparative method in the field of descriptive studies. Since 1 March to 25 June 2015, a total of 62 MSM subjects were selected based on chain method and divided into two groups of methamphetamine dependent (n=30) and non-dependent ones (n=32). sexual behaviors were examined by sexual behavior questionnaire based on 3 dimensions of sexual thoughts, sexual pleasure, and sexual hyperactivity. High-risk
sexual behavior were evaluated by sexual behavior questionnaire, their relation with participants’ educational status, occupation, age, income, and number of sexual partners in the last 3 months were analyzed using the parametric T-test.
Results: Data analysis showed that methamphetamine dependent MSM were significantly higher (P<0.01) in all 3 components of sexual thoughts and pleasure, hyperactivity, and sexual behavior compared to non-dependent group. However, regarding age, there was no significant difference between age and sexual risk behavior (P=0.05).
Conclusion: methamphetamine dependent MSM have a unique experience of thoughts, pleasure, and aspirations and have high tendency to high-risk sexual behavior. These findings are consistent with the previous research on the importance of stimulant consumption and specifically methamphetamine in creating high-risk sexual behavior. Controlling methamphetamine use
plays an important role in preventing the transmission of infectious diseases.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Substance abuse and dependence
Received: 2015/05/19 | Accepted: 2015/08/27 | Published: 2015/10/1

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