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Men who have sex with men: the naked truth among male university students

Author Affiliations

  • 1Science Unit, Leyte Normal University, P. Paterno St. Tacloban City, Leyte Philippines

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 8, Issue (4), Pages 40-45, October,14 (2019)


There is an increasing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the Philippines and the predominant mode of transmission is through men having sex with men (MSM). This qualitative case study reports on the experience of eight male university students involved in MSM activity. Data obtained through focus group discussion helped understand the feelings, views, and factors that contributed to the involvement in MSM of the university students. Results revealed that curiosity, alcohol drinking, material rewards and sexual satisfaction were the reasons for engaging in MSM activity. This study provides some inputs that maybe useful in planning and implementing programs that can provide opportunity for the students to know where to seek guidance regarding this sensitive issue, thereby, encouraging them towards observing a more positive sexual health.


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