An Investigation of Racial and Ethnic Homophily on Grindr Among an Ongoing Cohort Study of YMSM

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Men who have sex with men (MSM), and especially MSM of color, are disproportionately affected by HIV. Previous research shows that MSM have high levels of racial/ethnic homophily (the tendency for people to have sex with others who share the same racial/ethnic identification) in sexual dyads, which may help explain HIV disparities. This study fills a gap in previous research by grounding network data from a cohort study of young MSM in Chicago (RADAR) in the contexts of virtual spaces (VSs) and examining differences in levels of racial/ethnic homophily using multilevel-logistic-regression models. Results show that Grindr differs from other VSs in proportions of racially/ethnically homophilous dyads and by partner racial/ethnic identification. After controlling for general homophily trends, sex partnerships formed on Grindr by Black MSM were significantly less likely to be homophilous than those of White MSM. While racial/ethnic groups differ in likelihood to form homophilous partnerships, this trend varies by VS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-311
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2019

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Keywords

  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • MSM
  • Networks
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Virtual spaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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