TITLE

DEVELOPING A COMPREHENSIVE AIDS PREVENTION OUTREACH PROGRAM: A NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY OF MSM OF EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN DECENT WHO VISIT BARS AND/OR BATH HOUSES IN TORONTO

AUTHOR(S)
Poon, Maurice Kwong-Lai; Ho, Peter Trung-Thu; Wong, Josephine Pui-Hing
PUB. DATE
March 2001
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2001, Vol. 10 Issue 1/2, p25
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A survey was conducted to assess the needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) of East and Southeast Asian descent who visit bars and/or bath houses in Toronto, Canada. The majority (n= 86) of respondents included in the final analysis (n=90) self-identified as gay or bisexual. The survey questionnaire addressed reasons for visiting bath houses and bars, sexual practices, condom use, HIV testing, willingness to interact with outreach workers and information respondents would like to receive from safer sex educators. Study results suggest that two sub-groups of this population should be the primary targets of bar/bath house outreach: (1) MSM of East and Southeast Asian descent under 39 and (2) bisexual men of East and Southeast Asian descent who visit bath houses. The findings also show that HIV-testing, information about HIV, and information about other sexually transmitted infections (STI) needs to be more accessible to these populations. Moreover, Asian MSM need safe and positive social spaces to meet as well as workshops about topics that concern them (e.g. safer sex negotiation). Evidence from this study also challenges the negative stereotypes that are sometimes attached to gay and bisexual Asian men.
ACCESSION #
6830713

 

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