Heterosexual methamphetamine users are
more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors,
including anal sex and sex with multiple partners, the
San Francisco Chronicle reported March 17.
Previous studies have demonstrated a
link between meth and risky sex among gay men, but the
new research shows that straight users may also be
increasing their exposure to HIV and other sexually
The California Office of AIDS study
showed that 30 percent of meth users had anal sex with
female partners, compared to 12 percent of non-users.
Meth-using straight men also were more likely to have
multiple sex partners (57 percent) compared to
non-users (26 percent), and 16 percent received money
or drugs for sex, compared to 4 percent of non
"We've known it was a problem among
men who have sex with men, but we were surprised to
see a similar problem in heterosexual men living in
low-income areas,'' said Jeffrey Klausner, director of
STD Prevention and Control at the San Francisco
Department of Public Health. "These are behaviors that
can lead to sexually transmitted diseases. If you can
reduce meth use, you can reduce STDs."
The research was published in the
March 17, 2005 issue of the
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.