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Byonghee Cho 3 Articles
How do Sexual Identity, and Coming Out Affect Stress, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation and Attempts Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in South Korea?
Byonghee Cho, Aeree Sohn
Osong Public Health Res Perspect. 2016;7(5):281-288.   Published online October 31, 2016
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phrp.2016.09.001
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Objectives
This study investigated the status of sexual identity, perceived stigma, stress, depression, and suicidal ideation and attempts. It also examined how sexual identity and “coming out” affect stress, depression, and suicidal ideation and attempts.
Methods
Suicidal ideation, psychological health status, and health-related behaviors were assessed using the Internet to maximize the confidentiality of the participants, men who have sex with men (MSM). The data were collected from a total of 873 MSM aged between 19 years and 59 years in 2014.
Results
Only 20.9% of the MSM had come out (18.0% voluntarily and 2.9% by others). The prevalences of perceived stress and depression among MSM were 46.7% and 42.7%, respectively, compared with 20.1% and 7.4% among general men. Approximately 32% of the MSM reported any suicidal ideation, and 3.3% had attempted suicide in the past year. The likelihood of suicidal ideation was significantly associated with being age 30–39 years [odds ratio (OR) = 1.8], high school or less (OR = 1.6), having been outed (OR = 5.2), feeling stressed (OR = 1.8), and feeling depressed (OR = 12.4) after sociodemographic factors and other perceptions were controlled for.
Conclusion
The present study provides evidence that MSM are at an elevated risk for suicidal ideation and attempts with high stress and depression. Some risk factors were specific to being gay or bisexual in a hostile environment.

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  • HIV-Related Stigma, Sexual Identity, and Depressive Symptoms Among MSM Living With HIV in China: A Moderated Mediation Modeling Analysis
    Tianyue Mi, Guanghua Lan, Xueying Yang, Xiaoming Li, Shan Qiao, Zhiyong Shen, Yuejiao Zhou
    American Journal of Men's Health.2022; 16(2): 155798832210875.     CrossRef
  • Age Differences in the Associations Between Outness and Suicidality Among LGBTQ+ Youth
    Brian A. Feinstein, Ethan H. Mereish, Mary Rose Mamey, Cindy J. Chang, Jeremy T. Goldbach
    Archives of Suicide Research.2022; : 1.     CrossRef
  • Sexual Minority Stigma, Sexual Orientation Concealment, Social Support and Depressive Symptoms Among Men Who have Sex with Men in China: A Moderated Mediation Modeling Analysis
    Changmian Ding, Xiangfan Chen, Wei Wang, Bin Yu, Huimin Yang, Xiaoyan Li, Shumin Deng, Hong Yan, Shiyue Li
    AIDS and Behavior.2020; 24(1): 8.     CrossRef
  • TRANSNATIONAL INTEREST CONVERGENCE AND GLOBAL KOREA AT THE EDGE OF RACE AND QUEER EXPERIENCES
    Patrick S. Thomsen
    Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race.2020; 17(2): 411.     CrossRef
  • Is Perceived Stigma in Clinical Settings Associated With Poor Health Status Among New York City’s Residents of Color?
    Prabal De, Alexis Pozen, Henna Budhwani
    Medical Care.2019; 57(12): 960.     CrossRef
  • Comparison of depression and anxiety between HIV-negative men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) and men who have sex with men only (MSMO): a cross-sectional study in Western China
    Ying Hu, Xiao-ni Zhong, Bin Peng, Yan Zhang, Hao Liang, Jiang-hong Dai, Juying Zhang, Xiao-hua Zhong, Ai-long Huang
    BMJ Open.2019; 9(1): e023498.     CrossRef
  • Transgender Women's Experiences with Stigma, Trauma, and Attempted Suicide in the Dominican Republic
    Henna Budhwani, Kristine R. Hearld, Adrienne N. Milner, Rebecca Charow, Elaine M. McGlaughlin, Mayra Rodriguez-Lauzurique, Santo Rosario, Robert Paulino-Ramirez
    Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.2018; 48(6): 788.     CrossRef
  • The Reciprocal Relationship between Suicidality and Stigma
    Bernardo Carpiniello, Federica Pinna
    Frontiers in Psychiatry.2017;[Epub]     CrossRef
  • Fallen Flowers
    Hae-Wol Cho, Chaeshin Chu
    Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives.2016; 7(5): 279.     CrossRef
Identifying Barriers to Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing for Men Who Have Sex with Men in South Korea
Aeree Sohn, Byonghee Cho, Harvey A. Kennedy
Osong Public Health Res Perspect. 2015;6(3):192-200.   Published online June 30, 2015
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phrp.2015.06.003
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  • 5 Citations
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Objectives
The principal objective of this study was to identify the barriers to testing for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Korea, something that might prove useful in future studies of this nature.
Methods
This study was conducted at gay bars nationwide in Korea. After considering several offline locations (gay bars) where MSM candidates are commonly located, random recruitment was performed using time–location sampling. A total of 944 individuals participated in this survey. A total sample of 921 cases (23 cases were excluded) was used for analysis. A self-administered questionnaire measuring the individuals' demographics, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS knowledge, stigma, phobia, optimism bias, self-efficacy for condom use, and sexual practices was used.
Results
About 61.8% (N = 569) of respondents reported having been tested at least once in their lifetime, and 38.9% (N = 358) acknowledged being tested within the past 12 months. After adjusting for age, education, and number of partners in a logistic regression analysis, awareness of testing place [odds ratio (OR) = 4.04], exposure to HIV prevention campaign (1.54), fear (OR = 1.13), and discrimination toward people with HIV/AIDS (OR = 0.94) were the main factors associated with HIV testing.
Conclusion
To accomplish widespread HIV testing for Korean MSM, the accessibility of testing centers and advertisement of voluntary counseling and testing to MSM are needed.

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  • Cost-effectiveness analysis of pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV in men who have sex with men in South Korea: a mathematical modelling study
    Heun Choi, Jiyeon Suh, Woonji Lee, Jun Hyoung Kim, Jung Ho Kim, Hye Seong, Jin Young Ahn, Su Jin Jeong, Nam Su Ku, Yoon Soo Park, Joon Sup Yeom, Changsoo Kim, Hee-Dae Kwon, Davey M. Smith, Jeehyun Lee, Jun Yong Choi
    Scientific Reports.2020;[Epub]     CrossRef
  • Users' Concerns Related to Online HIV Counseling in South Korea: A Descriptive Qualitative Study
    Han Ju Lee, Hee Sun Kang, Savitri Singh-Carlson, Kyung Sun Kim
    Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.2020; 31(6): 646.     CrossRef
  • The use of social marketing campaigns to increase HIV testing uptake: a systematic review
    John O. Olawepo, Jennifer R. Pharr, Axenya Kachen
    AIDS Care.2019; 31(2): 153.     CrossRef
  • Non-adherence to anti-retroviral therapy among HIV infected adults in Mon State of Myanmar
    Win Lei Aye, Apa Puckpinyo, Karl Peltzer
    BMC Public Health.2017;[Epub]     CrossRef
  • Discrimination and Stigma
    Hae-Wol Cho, Chaeshin Chu
    Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives.2015; 6(3): 141.     CrossRef
Knowledge, Attitudes, and Sexual Behaviors in HIV/AIDS and Predictors Affecting Condom Use among Men Who Have Sex with Men in South Korea
Aeree Sohn, Byonghee Cho
Osong Public Health Res Perspect. 2012;3(3):156-164.   Published online June 30, 2012
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phrp.2012.07.001
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  • 23 Citations
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Objectives
In South Korea, men who have sex with men (MSM) are rather understudied, but are known to be at high risk for human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This study was to access HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes, and risk behaviors, and to identify the factors of condom use in HIV prevention.
Methods
We recruited 1070 MSM in Korea, using the Internet to maximize the confidentiality of the MSM.
Results
The prevalence of self-reported and sexually transmitted infections and HIV in the total sample was 10.7% and 2.7%, respectively. Factual knowledge and phobias regarding HIV/AIDS and self-efficacy were relatively high among the MSM. After controlling for age, education, marital status, and sexual identity, predictors of condom use at most recent anal sex included knowledge (OR = 1.25; p < 0.0001); self-efficacy (OR = 1.33; p = 0.02), additionally, having HIV testing (OR = 1.45; p = 0.02); and having a regular partner (OR = 0.53; p < 0.0001) were also positively associated with condom use.
Conclusion
The intervention programs for MSM in Korea may need to take the idiosyncratic societal and cultural pressures of the region into consideration in order to reduce infection risk.

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    Seul Ki Choi, Jesse Golinkoff, Willey Y. Lin, Lisa Hightow-Weidman, Kathryn Muessig, José Bauermeister
    Archives of Sexual Behavior.2022;[Epub]     CrossRef
  • Scrutinizing the knowledge and stigma of HIV/AIDS in the community level in Indonesia and the correlation to risk groups aversion to screening
    Lee T Sen, Pavita M S Hutauruk, Mohammad R A Putra, Salsabila B Maulida, Areska Ramadhan, Agus Sugiharto
    IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Sci.2021; 716(1): 012089.     CrossRef
  • The Relationship between Self-Efficacy and Spirituality in Condom use Behaviour among Msm-Plwha in Bandung, Indonesia
    Nirwanto K. Rahim, Agung Waluyo, Sri Yona
    Journal of Public Health Research.2021; 10(1_suppl): jphr.2021.2339.     CrossRef
  • Factors affecting stigma communication towards people living with HIV/AIDS
    Hye-Won Kim, Hyejin Yang
    The Journal of Korean Academic Society of Nursing .2021; 27(2): 163.     CrossRef
  • Factors influencing HIV-risk perception among MSM students at a university in Durban, South Africa
    Geogina Charity Gumindega, Pranitha Maharaj
    African Journal of AIDS Research.2021; 20(3): 244.     CrossRef
  • Predictors of Condom Use among Gay and Bisexual Men in the Philippines
    Noriel P. Calaguas
    International Journal of Sexual Health.2020; 32(3): 188.     CrossRef
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis of pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV in men who have sex with men in South Korea: a mathematical modelling study
    Heun Choi, Jiyeon Suh, Woonji Lee, Jun Hyoung Kim, Jung Ho Kim, Hye Seong, Jin Young Ahn, Su Jin Jeong, Nam Su Ku, Yoon Soo Park, Joon Sup Yeom, Changsoo Kim, Hee-Dae Kwon, Davey M. Smith, Jeehyun Lee, Jun Yong Choi
    Scientific Reports.2020;[Epub]     CrossRef
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    Adam O. Hill, Benjamin R. Bavinton, Gregory Armstrong, Limin Mao
    PLOS ONE.2019; 14(1): e0209933.     CrossRef
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    Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia.2019;[Epub]     CrossRef
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    Iván C. Balán, Javier Lopez-Rios, Curtis Dolezal, Christine Tagliaferri Rael, Cody Lentz
    Sexual Health.2019; 16(6): 580.     CrossRef
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    Ji-Su Kim, Kyunghee Kim, Yeunhee Kwak
    Journal of Homosexuality.2019; 66(1): 17.     CrossRef
  • Condom use social norms and self-efficacy with different kinds of male partners among Chinese men who have sex with men: results from an online survey
    Cheng Wang, Joseph D. Tucker, Chuncheng Liu, Heping Zheng, Weiming Tang, Li Ling
    BMC Public Health.2018;[Epub]     CrossRef
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    Adam Hill, Benjamin Bavinton, Gregory Armstrong
    International Journal of Environmental Research an.2018; 15(12): 2815.     CrossRef
  • Hidden Lives of Korean LGBT adolescents : A qualitative case study
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    Journal of Education & Culture.2017; 23(1): 175.     CrossRef
  • Beliefs and Perception About HIV/AIDS, Self-Efficacy, and HIV Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Young Thai Men Who Have Sex With Men
    Natawan Khumsaen, Rob Stephenson
    AIDS Education and Prevention.2017; 29(2): 175.     CrossRef
  • Fallen Flowers
    Hae-Wol Cho, Chaeshin Chu
    Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives.2016; 7(5): 279.     CrossRef
  • HIV and Sexual Risk Among Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women in Asia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    A. L. Bowring, V. Veronese, J. S. Doyle, M. Stoove, M. Hellard
    AIDS and Behavior.2016; 20(10): 2243.     CrossRef
  • How do Sexual Identity, and Coming Out Affect Stress, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation and Attempts Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in South Korea?
    Byonghee Cho, Aeree Sohn
    Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives.2016; 7(5): 281.     CrossRef
  • Identifying Barriers to Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing for Men Who Have Sex with Men in South Korea
    Aeree Sohn, Byonghee Cho, Harvey A. Kennedy
    Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives.2015; 6(3): 192.     CrossRef
  • Discrimination and Stigma
    Hae-Wol Cho, Chaeshin Chu
    Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives.2015; 6(3): 141.     CrossRef
  • Changing Patterns of HIV Epidemic in 30 Years in East Asia
    S. Pilar Suguimoto, Teeranee Techasrivichien, Patou Masika Musumari, Christina El-saaidi, Bhekumusa Wellington Lukhele, Masako Ono-Kihara, Masahiro Kihara
    Current HIV/AIDS Reports.2014; 11(2): 134.     CrossRef
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    Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases.2014; 27(1): 84.     CrossRef
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    Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives.2013; 4(6): 291.     CrossRef

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