Sexual risk behaviors of gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths in New York City: Prevalence and correlates

Margaret Rosario, Heino F.L. Meyer-Bahlburg, Joyce Hunter, Marya Gwadz

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The lifetime and recent sexual risk behaviors of 156 gay, lesbian, and bisexual youths, recruited from gay-focused organizations in New York City, were examined. The data indicated seven reasons why the youths are at risk for HIV and other STDs: They initiated sex during early adolescence; their first sexual partners were older than they were; HIV barrier methods (e.g., condoms) were initiated subsequent to sexual debut; many lifetime sexual partners and encounters were reported; some youths exchanged sex for goods; many youths reported having had at least one partner at risk for HIV; and the youths engaged in unprotected sexual behaviors during the past 3 months. Significant gender differences emerged (e.g., the male youths reported more lifetime same-sex partners than the female youths; the female youths reported more lifetime other-sex partners than the male youths). Recent sexual risk behaviors (i.e., numbers of same-sex partners, encounters, and unprotected sex during the past 3 months) were related significantly to the youths' average degree of emotional involvement in or average duration of intimate relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-496
Number of pages21
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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