Quality of life among men who have sex with men in China measured using the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey: A cross-sectional study

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Abstract

The present study was conducted to assess the quality of life (QOL) of Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM) and to explore possible factors associated with QOL among them.

A cross-sectional study of 370 MSM in Dalian and Huludao city was conducted to evaluate QOL in MSM using the Chinese version of the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36). A t test was used to compare the QOL score of our sample with the Chinese norm. ANOVA, t test, and multivariate linear regression analysis were used to assess the association of QOL with basic characteristics.

The QOL score of MSM was lower than the Chinese norm (P < .05). Multivariate analysis showed that marital status and monthly income were factors associated with physical component summary (PCS) and mental component summary (MCS) among MSM population (P < .05). Married MSM had poorer QOL, and respondents with higher income levels had better QOL.

The government may need to develop more effective prevention strategies to improve the mental component of QOL in the Chinese MSM population, especially the married MSM population.

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