Age-concordant and age-discordant sexual behavior among gay and bisexual male adolescents.

TitleAge-concordant and age-discordant sexual behavior among gay and bisexual male adolescents.
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBruce D, Harper GW, M Fern√°ndez I, Jamil OB
Corporate AuthorsAdolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions
JournalArch Sex Behav
Volume41
Issue2
Pagination441-8
Date Published2012 Apr
ISSN1573-2800
KeywordsAdolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Age Factors, Bisexuality, Chicago, Condoms, Female, Florida, Homosexuality, Male, Humans, Male, Risk-Taking, Sexual Behavior, Sexual Partners, Young Adult
Abstract

<p>There is evidence that risks for HIV and sexually transmitted infections among adolescent females are higher for those with older male sexual partners. Yet, little empirical research has been conducted with male adolescents who engage in sexual activity with older men. In this article, we summarize in a number of ways the range of sexual activity reported by an ethnically diverse sample of 200 gay and bisexual male youth (15-22 years old) in Chicago and Miami. A general pattern of progression from oral sex with men to both receptive and insertive anal sex with men appeared to characterize the sample during their adolescence. Further, there appeared to be a high degree of "versatile" positioning among the sexually active gay and bisexual young men, in both age-discrepant and age-concordant dyads. Risk analysis revealed having primarily age-concordant partners to be a significant predictor of sexual risk behavior. HIV risk among young gay and bisexual men engaging in sexual activity with older men may occur not only within a distinct biological context from their heterosexual counterparts, but also in a social context that may not as rigidly bound to traditional assumptions about age, gender, and power. The significant associations among participants with partners who were the same age and the risk behavior measures in this analysis have implications for HIV prevention efforts.</p>

DOI10.1007/s10508-011-9730-8
Alternate JournalArch Sex Behav
PubMed ID21290255
PubMed Central IDPMC3150640
Grant ListU01 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
K01 MH089838 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
5 U01 HD 40533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
K01 MH089838-01A1 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
5 U01 HD 40474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States