Sexual risk behaviors and substance use among alcohol abusing hiv-positive men who have sex with men

Jeffrey T. Parsons, Alexandra H. Kutnick, Perry N. Halkitis, Joseph C. Punzalan, Joseph P. Carbonari

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Abstract

An ethnically diverse sample (79.0% men of color) of HIV seropositive (HIV+) men who have sex with men (MSM) with alcohol use disorders from the New York City metropolitan area was recruited from a variety of settings frequented by such men. Data were collected using quantitative assessments and calendar based techniques at the baseline assessment of a longitudinal study assessing the relationship between alcohol and substance use and sexual risk behaviors as well as alcohol use and HIV disease progression. Data were selected on a sample of 253 HIV+ MSM (mean age = 38.55, SD = 6.73). Of these, the majority of participants (80.2%, n = 203) reported engaging in sexual behaviors with casual partners. In terms of sexual behaviors that put partners at greatest risk for HIV transmission, unprotected anal insertive intercourse was most likely to occur with unknown status casual partners (46.8%, n = 95) than with either HIV negative casual partners (19.2%, n = 39) or with HIV+ casual partners (40.8%, n = 83). Further, bivariate analyses indicated significant relationships between the use of several substances and sexual behaviors that put partners at greatest risk for HIV transmission, as well as a significant positive relationship between drinks per drinking day and viral load.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-36
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • HIV
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Sexual risk behaviors
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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