Sexual Behaviors and Risks Among Bisexually-and Gay-Identified Young Latino Men

Agronick, Gail; O'Donnell, Lydia; Stueve, Ann; Doval, Alexi San; Duran, Richard; Vargo, Sue
June 2004
AIDS & Behavior;Jun2004, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p185
Academic Journal
This research compares patterns of sexual behavior and sexual risk of bisexually- and gay-identified Latino young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Four hundred forty-one Latino YMSM were surveyed at community venues in New York City. Twenty-two percent of the sample identified as bisexual, and 78% identified as gay. Bisexually-identified men were more likely to report having had multiple male sex partners in the last 3 months and less likely to report being exclusively involved with a main male partner. They were also approximately 3½ times more likely to report unprotected insertive anal intercourse at last sexual contact with a nonmain male partner and more likely to report being high at last contact with both main and nonmain male partners. Findings suggest that prevention programs need to address the particular sexual risk patterns of bisexually-identified Latino YMSM that place them at risk of both HIV infection and transmission.


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