A Qualitative Study of Young Men Who Have Sex With Men and Multilevel Factors Related to HIV Risks in Malaysia

Burch, William J. and Hart, Graham J. and Lim, Sin How (2018) A Qualitative Study of Young Men Who Have Sex With Men and Multilevel Factors Related to HIV Risks in Malaysia. AIDS Education and Prevention, 30 (2). pp. 85-95. ISSN 0899-9546, DOI https://doi.org/10.1521/aeap.2018.30.2.85.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1521/aeap.2018.30.2.85


Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) are a group at high risk for HIV infection, yet no research has been conducted to understand this population in Malaysia. Semistructured interviews from a combination of YMSM aged 18–25 (n = 20) and local service providers of sexual health services (n = 4) were conducted from May to June 2015. Thematic analysis was used to identify common themes in participant responses from transcripts. Participants reported societal and internalized homophobia, an absence of sex education and difficulty accessing confidential HIV testing. This study provides insights into how homophobia in Malaysian society influences individual risk behavior for HIV in Malaysian YMSM, and makes practical suggestions for more effective HIV prevention in this population.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Faculty of Public Health, British Medical and Dental Student Trust, Lord Mayor 800th Anniversary Trust, University College London, the Hayes (Kent) Trust, University of Malaya High Impact Research Grant (E000001-20001)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent; Adult; Confidentiality; Discrimination (Psychology); Health Services Accessibility; HIV Infections; Homophobia; Homosexuality, Male; Humans; Interviews as Topic; Malaysia; Male; Mass Screening; Qualitative Research; Risk-Taking; Sex Education; Sexual and Gender Minorities; Social Stigma; Young Adult
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA)
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2019 04:10
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2019 04:10
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/22292

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