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Public Health Reports: Blood Donation, Sexual Practices, and Self-Perceived Risk for HIV in the United States Among Young Adult Men Who Have Sex With Men

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Drs. Roland C. Merchant and Tao Liu and Ms. Anna E. Wentz of Brown University, Dr. Melissa A. Clark of University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Joshua G. Rosenberger of Pennsylvania State University, Dr. José A. Bauermeister of University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Kenneth H. Mayer of Harvard Medical School, analyzed the relationship between blood donation practices and HIV risk and testing among young adult men who have sex with men (YMSM) at risk for having HIV. HIV-negative non-Hispanic Black, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic White YMSM aged 18 to 24 were recruited to complete an online survey. Among those who previously donated blood, a secondary analysis was conducted, examining the relationship between donating blood within the past 12 months and sexual risk behavior. Of the 2261 YMSM surveyed, 13.5 percent donated blood within the past 12 months and 48.8 percent had ever previously donated blood. Among YMSM who donated blood, YMSM who never had condomless anal intercourse (CAI) and those who believed they did not have an undiagnosed HIV infection were likelier to have donated blood within the past 12 months. The authors concluded that future research is needed to identify better ways of allowing YMSM who are at low risk of having HIV to donate blood while maintaining blood safety.

View the full article here.

Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. PHR’s mission is to facilitate the movement of science into public health practice and policy to positively affect the health and wellness of the American public.

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