Methamphetamine use patterns among urban Black men who have sex with men

Roy C. Jerome, Perry N. Halkitis, Michael A. Coley

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The present study investigates patterns of methamphetamine, contexts of use and sources for purchasing methamphetamine in a sample of gay, bisexual and heterosexually identified Black men who have sex with men living in New York City. Participants reported using multiple substances and used, on average, nine days within the last 30 days. They spent an average of US$159 per month on methamphetamine and a median of US$398 on all substances. Frequency of monthly methamphetamine use was related to the use of powdered cocaine and alcohol use, but not to the use of other substances. Black men who have sex with men primarily used in private venues, such as at home or in the homes of friends, and reported obtaining methamphetamine from multiple sources. Men who reported exchanging sex for methamphetamine reported greater use in public venues, such as sex clubs, sex parties and circuit parties. Findings from the present study may be critical in establishing culturally-appropriate treatment modalities for Black men who have sex with men who use methamphetamine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-413
Number of pages15
JournalCulture, Health and Sexuality
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


  • Bisexual
  • Black men
  • Gay
  • Methamphetamine
  • USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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