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BMC Public Health

, 17:168

Infectious Disease epidemiology

Abstract

BackgroundMen who have sex with men MSM are a high-risk group for sexually transmitted diseases STDs and human immunodeficiency virus HIV infection. In China, the vast majority of MSM feel forced to marry or plan to marry women, according to traditional Chinese culture. Women who have regular sexual relations with MSM, called tongqi in mainland China, live with a high risk of STDs or HIV infection, but these risks are often ignored. Our investigation of this group of the women is a preliminary study that aims to understand the sexual health problems of tongqi and related factors.

MethodsThis study relied on website mobilization and was funded by tongqi. Participants were limited to women who had sex with MSM to whom they were married in-GWs, whom they had divorced ex-GWs, or with whom they were friends GGFs. The data were collected using questionnaire software.

ResultsA total 144 valid surveys were returned from 100 in-GWs, 33 ex-GWs, and 11 GGFs. Average respondent age was 32.8 ± 6.4 years range 22 to 58 years. Among in-GWs and ex-GWs, over 95% learned that their husbands were MSM after marriage. More than half of respondents had had sex before marriage, and one-third of those women had sex partners other than their husbands. In addition, 35.3% of tongqi had STDs symptoms. About 50% participants had had oral sex with sex partners of MSM and 10% had had passive anal sex, with low condom use during both oral 9.7% and anal sex 23.1%. Most tongqi had misunderstandings about STDs and HIV and less than 30% had undergone HIV screening. Among participants tested, 5.6% were HIV positive. A total 93.5% of respondents believed that laws should be established to protect the sexual rights of women.

ConclusionsWomen who have regular sexual relations with MSM face adverse sexual health issues and are susceptible to STDs and HIV infection. Measures must be taken to protect the rights and interests of tongqi in mainland China.

KeywordsWomen Regular sex partner Men who have sex with men Sexual health status Mainland China AbbreviationsAIDSAcquired immunodeficiency syndrome

Ex-GWsWomen who had sex with MSM whom they had divorced

GGFsWomen who had sex with MSM with whom they were friends

HIVHuman immunodeficiency virus

In-GWsWomen who had sex with MSM to whom they were married

MSMMen who have sex with men

STDsSexually transmitted diseases

UNAIDSJoint United Nations Programme on HIV-AIDS

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s12889-017-4096-z contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.





Autor: Xiufang Li - Beichuan Zhang - Juan Wang - Yang Li - Xianhong Li - Peiheng Yu - Minghua Liu - Xinqiao Liu

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