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Dr. Andrew Mattison's presentation of his study on circuit party attendance, club drug use and unsafe sex among gay men

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  • Circuit Party Attendance, Club Drug Use, and Unsafe Sex in Gay Men
    Andrew Mattison, MSW, Ph.D.
    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
    HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center
    University of California, San Diego
  • Circuit Party Attendance, Club Drug Use, and Unsafe Sex in Gay Men
    Purpose
    Determine if health problems exist at circuit parties
    Determine targeted behavioral interventions
    Security and safety
    Education and health promotion
  • Methods
    Party patrons from 3 major North American circuit parties were surveyed in the areas of:
    • Demographics
    • HIV status
    • Chemical use at parties
    • Sexual behaviors during the party weekends
    • Reasons for attending the parties
  • Age
  • Education
  • Ethnicity
  • Annual Income
  • Sexual Orientation
  • HIV Status
  • Relationship Status
  • Drug Use(at circuit parties in the past 12 months)
    Alcohol 79%
    Ecstasy 72%
    Special K 60%
    GHB 28%
    Cocaine 39%
    Crystal Meth 36%
    Marijuana 45%
    Poppers 39%
  • Results
    At circuit parties, unsafe sexual behavior was significantly associated with frequent use of Ecstasy,Special K, and Poppers
    Unsafe sexual activity in the past 12 months was significantly associated with Poppers
    GHB and Crystal Meth show trends for unsafe sexual activity in the past 12 months
  • Results
    Unsafe sexual behavior in the past 12 months was significantly associated with the following reasons for party attendance:
    To have sex
    To be Uninhibited and Wild
    To Look and Feel Good
  • Conclusions
    Circuit party attendees are well educated and financially secure
    Party drug use was high
    Poppers, Ecstasy, Special K, Crystal Meth, and GHB are associated with various measures of unsafe sex
    Possible interventions should be setting based and “savvy” to the norms of the circuit community
  • Issues for future focus
    Circuit party results lead to interest in surveying local, late-night clubs for the following reasons:
    Local clubs may present a different demographic make-up
    Possible differences in drug use and sexual behavior between party patrons and local club patrons
    Differences in behavior/norms between HIV+ and HIV- respondents
  • Non- Medical Interventions
    Andrew Mattison, MSW, Ph.D.
    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
    HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center
    University of California, San Diego
  • Club Life Project