The sexual experiences of Latino men who have sex with men who migrated to a gay epicentre in the USA

Fernanda T. Bianchi, Carol A. Reisen, Maria Cecilia Zea, Paul J. Poppen, Michele G. Shedlin, Marcelo M. Penha

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Abstract

Key informant interviews, in-depth interviews and focus groups were conducted to examine ways in which social context influenced the behavior of Brazilian, Colombian and Dominican men who have sex with men. First, we investigated how the social context in the home country affected motivation for migration. Findings suggest that Latino men who have sex with men frequently reported coming to the USA to escape homo-negativity and to achieve greater sexual freedom. The study also examined how the social context encountered in the early years after migration shaped sexual behavior and risk. A majority of the participants reported easy access to sex partners and frequent sexual encounters. The anonymity of living in a gay epicentre such as New York City, often without social connections from the past, was experienced as liberating and conducive to sexual exploration. Moreover, sex in public venues, such as parks and sex cabins, was readily available to those who do not speak English. The tendency to engage in high levels of sexual activity during the early period after arrival in New York City was particularly evident among younger men. Implications for future programme development are discussed alongside prevention efforts targeting migrants during this critical period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-518
Number of pages14
JournalCulture, Health and Sexuality
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007

Keywords

  • Latino
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Sexual migration
  • Sexual risk
  • USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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