Does age matter among young black men who have sex with men? A comparison of risk behaviors stratified by age category

Nicholas Chamberlain, Leandro Mena, Angelica Geter, Richard A. Crosby

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to assess whether different sexual risk behavior exists among young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) as a function of age. A total of 382 YBMSM completed a computer-assisted self-interview at a sexual health clinic. The frequency/prevalence of fifteen sexual risk behaviors was compared between three groups (ages 16–19, 20–25, and 26–29, respectively) in the 90 days prior to enrollment in the study. Regression models were used to control for the confounding influence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) status. One hundred seven participants were HIV-infected at study enrollment. Of the 15 measures assessed, none significantly differed among the groups. These null findings did not change in multivariate analyses. Our findings suggest that there is no differential sexual risk based on age among YBMSM and that this group should be considered a homogenous population with regards to intervention strategies that aim to reduce the sexual risk behaviors of YBMSM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-251
Number of pages6
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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© 2016 The Guilford Press.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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