Correlates of Group Sex Among a Community-Based Sample of Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) in Washington, DC

Gregory Phillips*, Manya Magnus, Irene Kuo, Anthony Rawls, James Peterson, Tiffany West-Ojo, Yujiang Jia, Jenevieve Opoku, Alan E. Greenberg

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Abstract

Participation of MSM in group sex events (GSEs) is an understudied phenomenon. Studies on GSEs identified significant proportions of MSM engaging in unprotected anal intercourse (UAI). We sought to identify the prevalence of group sex participation among MSM in Washington, DC and to characterize these experiences. Data were collected for NHBS-MSM-3 in 2011. More than one-quarter of MSM (27.2 %) reported engaging in group sex in the prior year, with one-third reporting no condom use with their sex partners (33.0 %). In multivariable logistic regression, men who participated in a GSE in the prior year were significantly younger, more likely to be white, and to have used crystal meth, poppers, and downers in the past year. The high prevalence of UAI during GSEs, especially in view of the fact that HIV-positive MSM were significantly less likely to report condom use, offers an opportunity to develop risk reduction interventions specific to GSE attendees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1413-1419
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014

Keywords

  • GSE
  • Group sex
  • MSM
  • UAI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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