A randomized trial of a behavioral intervention for high risk substance-using MSM

Steven P. Kurtz, Ronald D. Stall, Mance E. Buttram, Hilary L. Surratt, Minxing Chen

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Substance-using men who have sex with men (MSM) are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection in the United States. We report the results of a randomized trial testing the efficacy of a small group sexual and substance use risk reduction intervention based on empowerment theory compared to an enhanced efficacious control condition among 515 high risk not-in-treatment MSM substance users. Effect sizes for sexual risk and substance use outcomes were moderate to large: HIV transmission risk frequency, d = 0.71 in the control versus 0.66 in the experimental group; number of anal sex partners, d = 1.04 versus 0.98; substance dependence symptoms, d = 0.49 versus 0.53; significant differences were not observed between conditions. Black MSM reduced their risks at a greater rate than White or Latino men. The findings point to a critically important research agenda to reduce HIV transmission among MSM substance users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2914-2926
Number of pages13
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments This research was supported by DHHS Grant Number 5 R01 DA024579 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute on Drug Abuse or the National Institutes of Health.


  • Behavioral intervention
  • HIV
  • MSM
  • Sexual risk
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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