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Health information-seeking behaviour, intimate partner violence, and sexual risk-taking among MSM in Bali, Indonesia

  • Ngakan Putu Anom Harjana1,2
  • Dinar Saurmali Lubis1
  • Nelsensius Klau Fauk3
  • Hailay Abrha Gesesew3
  • Paul Russell Ward3
  • Pande Putu Januraga1,2,*,

1Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, 80232 Denpasar, Indonesia

2Center for Public Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, 80232 Denpasar, Indonesia

3Centre for Public Health, Equity and Human Flourishing, Torrens University, 5000 Adelaide, SA, Australia

DOI: 10.22514/jomh.2024.087 Vol.20,Issue 6,June 2024 pp.25-34

Submitted: 11 December 2023 Accepted: 22 February 2024

Published: 30 June 2024

*Corresponding Author(s): Pande Putu Januraga E-mail:


“Men who have sex with men” (MSM) had predominantly driven the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) transmission in Indonesia. This study was aimed to investigate the health information-seeking behaviours, intimate partner violence, and sexual risk-taking among MSM in Bali, Indonesia. Total of 165 eligible responses were enrolled through an online survey. The descriptive and cross-tabulation statistical analyses were conducted. More than half of MSM never accessed information pertaining to HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Furthermore, MSM faced various types of violence from partners: 24.24% psychological, 37.58% verbal, 20.61%physical, and 16.97% sexual. The unprotected sex prevalence among MSM was 23.03%and varied for those experiencing verbal and physical violences, having transactional sex, and number of sexual partners. Health promotions for MSM population included an increase in awareness of HIV and STIs risks, condom negotiation capacity, and condom use practices.


MSM; Sexual risk-taking; Health information-seeking behaviour; Intimate partner violence; Indonesia

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Ngakan Putu Anom Harjana,Dinar Saurmali Lubis,Nelsensius Klau Fauk,Hailay Abrha Gesesew,Paul Russell Ward,Pande Putu Januraga. Health information-seeking behaviour, intimate partner violence, and sexual risk-taking among MSM in Bali, Indonesia. Journal of Men's Health. 2024. 20(6);25-34.


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