Alcohol use predicts sexual risk behavior with HIV-negative or partners of unknown status among young HIV-positive men who have sex with men.

TitleAlcohol use predicts sexual risk behavior with HIV-negative or partners of unknown status among young HIV-positive men who have sex with men.
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBruce D, Kahana S, Harper GW, M Fernández I
Corporate AuthorsATN
JournalAIDS Care
Volume25
Issue5
Pagination559-65
Date Published2013
ISSN1360-0451
KeywordsAlcohol Drinking, Bisexuality, Condoms, HIV Infections, HIV Seropositivity, Homosexuality, Male, Humans, Male, Retrospective Studies, Risk-Taking, Safe Sex, Sexual Behavior, Unsafe Sex, Young Adult
Abstract

<p>Although the relationship between substance use and heightened sexual risk behaviors have been documented in samples of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and HIV-positive adult men who have sex with men (MSM), there is a dearth of research on the role of substance use in the sexual risk behaviors of HIV-positive YMSM. We examined associations between alcohol and other drug use with sexual risk behaviors among a sample of HIV-positive YMSM (N=200). There were no significant predictors of either receptive or insertive unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) with HIV-positive partners among the substance use variables. Failure to use a condom after drinking alcohol (β=2.00, p<0.01) was significantly associated with insertive UAI with HIV-negative partners or partners of unknown status. Failure to use a condom after drinking alcohol (β=1.36, p<0.05) and age (β=0.35, p<0.05) were significantly associated with receptive UAI with HIV-negative partners or partners of unknown status. Findings from this article underscore the role of alcohol in facilitating UAI among HIV-positive YMSM and their HIV-negative and status-unknown partners.</p>

DOI10.1080/09540121.2012.720363
Alternate JournalAIDS Care
PubMed ID22971018
PubMed Central IDPMC3522779
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
5U01HD40474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
5U01HD40533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
K01MH089838 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States