Results from two online surveys comparing sexual risk behaviors in Hispanic, black, and white men who have sex with men

Barbara S. Taylor, Mary Ann Chiasson, Roberta Scheinmann, Sabina Hirshfield, Mike Humberstone, Robert H. Remien, Richard J. Wolitski, Tom Wong

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Abstract

Many men who have sex with men (MSM) are among those who increasingly use the internet to find sexual partners. Few studies have compared behavior by race/ethnicity in internet-based samples of MSM. We examined the association of race/ethnicity with HIV riskrelated behavior among 10, 979 Hispanic, black, and white MSM recruited online. Significant variations by race/ ethnicity were found in: age, income level, sexual orientation, number of lifetime male and female sexual partners, and rates of unprotected anal intercourse (UAI). Black and Hispanic men were more likely to report anal intercourse during the last sexual encounter, but white men were more likely to report UAI. In multivariate analysis, UAI was associated with HIV infection and sex with a main partner. Significant risk behavior variations by race/ethnicity were found. Research is needed to better target online interventions to MSM who engage in UAI or have other risk factors for transmitting or acquiring HIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-652
Number of pages9
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • Ethnicity
  • HIV
  • Internet
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Race
  • Sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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