Predictors of unprotected sex among young sexually active African American, Hispanic, and White MSM: the importance of ethnicity and culture.

TitlePredictors of unprotected sex among young sexually active African American, Hispanic, and White MSM: the importance of ethnicity and culture.
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWarren JC, M Fernández I, Harper GW, Hidalgo MA, Jamil OB, Torres RSebastián
JournalAIDS Behav
Volume12
Issue3
Pagination459-68
Date Published2008 May
ISSN1090-7165
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, African Americans, Attitude, Catchment Area (Health), Culture, Ethnic Groups, European Continental Ancestry Group, Female, Florida, Hispanic Americans, Homosexuality, Humans, Male, Prospective Studies, Sexual Behavior, Surveys and Questionnaires, Unsafe Sex
Abstract

<p>Despite the recognized need for culturally tailored HIV prevention interventions for gay, bisexual, and questioning youth, few studies have examined if predictors of unprotected sex vary for youth from different ethnic groups. This study reports on a sample of 189 gay, bisexual, and questioning youth (age 15-22) from three racial/ethnic backgrounds (African American, Hispanic, and White) recruited in Chicago, IL and Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Florida. For African American youth, being in a long-term relationship, having been kicked out of the home for having sex with men, and younger age at initiation of sexual behavior were associated with unprotected sex. For Hispanic youth, higher ethnic identification and older age at initiation of sexual behavior were associated with unprotected sex. For White youth, no predictors were associated with unprotected sex. Our findings point to the importance of understanding the varying predictors of unprotected sex and integrating them into tailored prevention interventions.</p>

DOI10.1007/s10461-007-9291-y
Alternate JournalAIDS Behav
PubMed ID17721725
PubMed Central IDPMC2832790
Grant ListU01 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040506 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01 DA016026-04 / DA / NIDA NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD40506-01 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533-01 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01 DA016026 / DA / NIDA NIH HHS / United States