A three-city comparison of drug use and drug use before sex among young men who have sex with men in the United States

Brian A. Feinstein*, Raymond L. Moody, Steven A. John, Jeffrey T. Parsons, Brian Mustanski

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Abstract

High rates of drug use have been documented among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). However, updated prevalence data are needed to understand current trends, especially for drug use before sex. We used baseline data from an HIV prevention trial to examine demographic differences in drug use and drug use before sex among YMSM in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York City. Marijuana was the most commonly used drug, but alkyl nitrites (“poppers”), cocaine, and Ecstasy were also commonly used. Drug use was more prevalent among older and White YMSM, and it was similar across cities, although use of poppers and polydrug use were more common in New York City. Our data generally support national prevention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-101
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018

Keywords

  • bisexual
  • gay
  • illicit drug use
  • men who have sex with men
  • substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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