Li, Xianhong*;Zhang, Beichuan;Li, Yang;Antonio, Anna Liza Malazarte;Chen, Yunliang;Williams, Ann Bartley
Women and Health,2016年56(8):940-56 ISSN：0363-0242
[Chen, Yunliang; Li, Xianhong] Cent S Univ, Sch Law, 605 Lu Shan Nan Lu, Changsha 410012, Hunan, Peoples R China.;[Li, Xianhong] Cent S Univ, Xiangya Nursing Sch, Changsha, Hunan, Peoples R China.;[Zhang, Beichuan] Qingdao Univ, Coll Med, Affiliated Hosp, Qingdao, Shandong, Peoples R China.;[Li, Yang] Qingdao Sanat Shandong Prov, Dept Dermatol, Qingdao, Shandong, Peoples R China.;[Antonio, Anna Liza Malazarte] Univ Calif Los Angeles, Fielding Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Biostat, Los Angeles, CA USA.
[Li, Xianhong] Cent S Univ, Sch Law, 605 Lu Shan Nan Lu, Changsha 410012, Hunan, Peoples R China.
*China;*HIV;*men who have sex with men;*mental health;*spouses;*suicidal ideation
In China, men who have sex with men (MSM) are the fastest growing population at risk for HIV. They face social stigma due to both MSM behavior and HIV. In addition, concern has been raised about the mental health of wives of MSM. In this cross-sectional study, the authors examine the mental health status of a sample of 135 of these women. Participants completed an Internet-administered questionnaire in Xi'an from April to June, 2012. Most were unaware at the time of marriage that their husbands were MSM. Physical abuse was frequently reported; depressive symptom and mental health (Symptom Checklist, SCL-90) scores were significantly higher than those of the general Chinese adult female population. A majority (59.8%) of women reported suicidal thoughts after discovering their husbands' MSM behavior; about 10% had attempted suicide. Multiple logistic regression revealed that women's experience with anal sex was associated with 7.8 times (95% CI: 1.3-65.9) greater odds of suicidal ideation. Also, women who demonstrated mental symptoms on the SCL-90 had 2.3 times (95% CI: 1.04-5.2) the odds of suicidal ideation. These results suggest that wives of MSM have a significant need for mental health care, suicide prevention, HIV education, and social support.