Interventions to Reduce Alcohol Use and HIV Risk among Sexual and Gender Minority Populations: a Systematic Review

Carolyn Lauckner, Kimberly Haney, Fidelis Sesenu, Trace Kershaw

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Purpose of Review: Sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals are diagnosed with HIV at disproportionate rates, and hazardous alcohol use can increase their HIV risk. This review assessed the state of the literature examining interventions for addressing alcohol use and sexual HIV risk behaviors among SGM individuals. Recent Findings: Fourteen manuscripts from 2012 to 2022 tested interventions that address both alcohol use and HIV risk behaviors among SGM populations, with only 7 randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Virtually all the interventions targeted men who have sex with men, with none focused on transgender populations or cisgender women. While they demonstrated some evidence of effectiveness in reducing alcohol use and/or sexual risk, the outcomes varied widely between studies. Summary: More research is needed that tests interventions in this area, particularly for transgender individuals. The use of larger-scale RCTs with diverse populations and standardized outcome measures are needed to strengthen the evidence base.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent HIV/AIDS Reports
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health under Award Numbers R01AA030487 (PIs: Lauckner, Kershaw) and K01AA025305 (PI: Lauckner). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • Alcohol use
  • Gender minority
  • HIV risk
  • Sexual minority
  • Sexual risk
  • Transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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