Sexual behaviour among male methamphetamine and heroin dependents in selected areas in Malaysia

Mohd Fadzli Mohamad Isa, Ng Chong Guan, Rusdi Abd Rashid, Mohd Hussain Habil, Hatta Sidi, Mas Ayu Said, Ahmad Hatim Sulaiman

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Abstract

This study aims to describe the pattern of sexual behaviour among methamphetamine and heroin users. It describes the pattern of sexual behaviour based on aspects of sex such as desire, interest, drive and obsession in relation to the drug use. A cross-sectional study was carried out among attendees of drug rehabilitation programmes in Kota Kinabalu, Kota Bharu and Kuala Lumpur. All subjects were living in the community with satisfactory psychosocial functioning. This study was primarily based on a validated sexual behaviour self-rated questionnaire followed by face-to-face interview. A total of 227 subjects were included with 124 (54.6%) using methamphetamine while 103 (45.4%) using heroin. Majority (218; 96%) were heterosexuals with 104 (45.8%) reported having been involved in high risk sexual behaviour. More methamphetamine than heroin subjects agreed that their sexual thoughts, feelings and behaviours were often associated with the drug (p<0.05). Methamphetamine subjects agreed that the use of methamphetamine caused them to be more obsessed with sex and they found themselves to be preoccupied with sexual thoughts while being under the influence of the drug (p<0.05). Heroin subjects mainly reported on negative effects of the drug on their sexual behaviour. Methamphetamine subjects reported that the use of drug had positively affected their sexual interest and drive (p<0.05). Methamphetamine subjects were also 1.97 times more likely than heroin subjects to be involved in risky sexual behaviour. The results of this study can be utilized to improve the drug treatment and rehabilitation programme. Methamphetamine subjects were more likely than heroin subjects to be involved in risky sexual behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1819-1826
Number of pages8
JournalSains Malaysiana
Volume42
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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Methamphetamine
Malaysia
Heroin
Sexual Behavior
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Rehabilitation
Obsessive Behavior
Heterosexuality
Risk-Taking
Emotions
Cross-Sectional Studies
Interviews

Keywords

  • Heroin
  • Malaysian community
  • Methamphetamine
  • Sexual behaviour

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Isa, M. F. M., Guan, N. C., Rashid, R. A., Habil, M. H., Sidi, H., Said, M. A., & Sulaiman, A. H. (2013). Sexual behaviour among male methamphetamine and heroin dependents in selected areas in Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana, 42(12), 1819-1826.

Sexual behaviour among male methamphetamine and heroin dependents in selected areas in Malaysia. / Isa, Mohd Fadzli Mohamad; Guan, Ng Chong; Rashid, Rusdi Abd; Habil, Mohd Hussain; Sidi, Hatta; Said, Mas Ayu; Sulaiman, Ahmad Hatim.

In: Sains Malaysiana, Vol. 42, No. 12, 12.2013, p. 1819-1826.

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Isa, MFM, Guan, NC, Rashid, RA, Habil, MH, Sidi, H, Said, MA & Sulaiman, AH 2013, 'Sexual behaviour among male methamphetamine and heroin dependents in selected areas in Malaysia', Sains Malaysiana, vol. 42, no. 12, pp. 1819-1826.
Isa MFM, Guan NC, Rashid RA, Habil MH, Sidi H, Said MA et al. Sexual behaviour among male methamphetamine and heroin dependents in selected areas in Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana. 2013 Dec;42(12):1819-1826.
Isa, Mohd Fadzli Mohamad ; Guan, Ng Chong ; Rashid, Rusdi Abd ; Habil, Mohd Hussain ; Sidi, Hatta ; Said, Mas Ayu ; Sulaiman, Ahmad Hatim. / Sexual behaviour among male methamphetamine and heroin dependents in selected areas in Malaysia. In: Sains Malaysiana. 2013 ; Vol. 42, No. 12. pp. 1819-1826.
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