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《Journal for China AIDS/STD》 2005-06
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Study of effects of peer education on STD related knowledge among the men who have sex with men.

CAO Ning-xiao,JIANG Juan,ZONG Wen-kai,et al.(Institute of Dermatology,Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College,Nanjing,Jiangsu 210042,China)  
Objective To investigate effects of the peer education on the change of STD/AIDS knowledge and related behaviors among men who have sex with men(MSM).Methods An organized peer education was carried out among MSM in the cities of Kunming and Chengdu from March to November,2004.The knowledge and behaviors were randomly sampled from the MSM population in April and November separately,and then the findings were analyzed.Results There were 184 MSM recruited at the baseline survey,and 175 at the terminal survey.The median age of first sex and first homosexual contact was 18 and 19 years in the two surveiys,respectively.It was found that the STD/AIDS knowledge was singnificantly improved in the terminal survey.However,there were no changes in the frequency of heterosexual and homosexual behaviors and the number of sex partners(more than one partner on average)in last three months.The pattern of sex and use of condoms have not significantly changed either,but more attention was paid to care for their sex partners.Conclusion Although the knowledge of STD/AIDS can be enhanced greatly by the peer education in a short time,there is a phenomenon that the knowledge does not square with the related behaviors.Therefore,it is necessary to provide safe sex education continuously and the condom promotion has to fit with human feelings.
【Fund】: 中英性病艾滋病防治合作项目(2003-ER-010)
【CateGory Index】: R193
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