Syndemic factors and HIV infection among men who have sex with men in Taiwan

Deng Min Chuang, Peter A. Newman*, Alan Tai Wai Li

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We tested the applicability of syndemic theory to men who have sex with men (MSM) in Taiwan. Of 200 MSM (mean age = 27.1 years) surveyed, the majority (54%) experienced at least one syndemic burden due to problem drug use, intimate partner violence, or HIV stigma. In multivariable analysis, MSM with one or more syndemic burdens had greater than threefold higher odds of being HIV-positive. The impact of co-occurring psychosocial health conditions on HIV infection among MSM in Taiwan indicates the importance of identifying and engaging HIV-positive MSM in effective treatment, and implementing interventions more broadly to decrease syndemic burden.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-352
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 2
Externally publishedYes


  • Drug use
  • HIV stigma
  • Taiwan
  • intimate partner violence
  • men who have sex with men
  • syndemics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Infectious Diseases


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