Examining the sexual health experiences of men who cruise public sex environments: sexually transmitted infections (STIs), hepatitis vaccination, and STI clinic use

Jamie S. Frankis, Paul Flowers

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This paper examines the sexual health of men who 'cruise' public sex environments (PSEs). A cross-sectional survey (response rate 56%) recruited 216 men from an urban-based PSE in the UK. Half of participants reported lifetime STI experience and 16% reported an STI in the last year. Half attended an STI clinic in the previous year, with similar proportions vaccinated against hepatitis A and B. Men who recently attended STI clinic (OR = 3.03) and those educated to A level or higher (OR = 3.12) were significantly more likely to report lifetime STI experience. Unlike commercial venues, PSEs do not represent centres of STI transmission. However, sub-optimal STI clinic attendance may mask undiagnosed infections. A public health imperative remains to encourage more PSE users to attend STI clinic on a prophylactic basis and increase hepatitis vaccination. Furthermore, the sexual health needs of PSE users with higher qualifications, in terms of STIs other than HIV, must be addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-55
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2007


  • behavioural survey
  • gay men
  • health promotion
  • STI clinic use

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