Factors associated with drinking alcohol before visiting female sex workers among men in Sichuan Province, China

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Alcohol use in commercial sex is highly prevalent globally and alcohol use in conjunction with sexual activity might increase the probability of risky behaviors. In the current study, we explored individual and contextual factors associated with drinking alcohol before visiting female sex workers (FSWs) among 560 male clients in Sichuan province, China. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Sichuan province, China. Over one-fifth (21.1 %) of the participants reported always using alcohol before having sex with FSWs. As compared to those who reported not always drinking alcohol before having sex with FSWs, male clients who reported always drinking alcohol before having sex with FSWs had higher income, were more likely to have main sex partners, to drink alcohol daily, to report minor depressive symptoms and were more likely to visit FSWs with friends rather than by themselves. Results from this study highlight the importance of addressing alcohol use among men who pay for sex in China. Future interventions should promote alcohol-related norms in reducing the harms associated with consuming alcohol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)568-573
Number of pages6
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2013

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Alcohol Drinking
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Sexual Behavior
Cross-Sectional Studies
Depression

Keywords

  • Alcohol use
  • China
  • Commercial sex
  • HIV
  • Risky sexual behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Social Psychology

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