Sexual risk taking in relation to sexual identification, age, and education in a diverse sample of African American men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City

Melvin C. Hampton, Perry N. Halkitis, Erik D. Storholm, Sandra A. Kupprat, Daniel E. Siconolfi, Donovan Jones, Jeff T. Steen, Sara Gillen, Donna Hubbard McCree

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Abstract

HIV disproportionately affects African American men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States. To inform this epidemiological pattern, we examined cross-sectional sexual behavior data in 509 African American MSM. Bivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted to examine the extent to which age, education, and sexual identity explain the likelihood of engaging in sex with a partner of a specific gender and the likelihood of engaging in unprotected sexual behaviors based on partner gender. Across all partner gender types, unprotected sexual behaviors were more likely to be reported by men with lower education. Younger, non-gay identified men were more likely to engage in unprotected sexual behaviors with transgender partners, while older, non-gay identified men were more likely to engage in unprotected sexual behaviors with women. African American MSM do not represent a monolithic group in their sexual behaviors, highlighting the need to target HIV prevention efforts to different subsets of African American MSM communities as appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)931-938
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • African American MSM
  • Age
  • Education
  • HIV
  • Sexual identity
  • Sexual risk-taking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Hampton, M. C., Halkitis, P. N., Storholm, E. D., Kupprat, S. A., Siconolfi, D. E., Jones, D., Steen, J. T., Gillen, S., & McCree, D. H. (2013). Sexual risk taking in relation to sexual identification, age, and education in a diverse sample of African American men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City. AIDS and Behavior, 17(3), 931-938. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-012-0139-8