Moderating effect of age on the association between alcohol use and sexual risk in MSM: Evidence for elevated risk among younger MSM

Michael Newcomb*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

33 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Men who have sex with men (MSM) are substantially impacted by HIV/AIDS in the United States. Alcohol use is frequently studied as a predictor of sexual risk in MSM, but findings for this association have been mixed. Developmental differences in this effect may help to explain equivocal findings. 143 MSM (analytic sample 137) ages 16-40 completed weekly diaries of sexual encounters and associated situational factors for 12 weeks. Analyses were conducted with Hierarchical Linear Modeling. Alcohol use before sex was not associated with sexual risk across all participants. Participant age moderated this effect; alcohol use before sex was associated with increased odds of sexual risk in younger MSM only. These analyses expand on previous findings by utilizing a wider age range than most prior studies and adjusting for the effects of several theoretically-selected covariates. Young MSM are an important group to target for addressing alcohol use in the context of sexual behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1746-1754
Number of pages9
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

Fingerprint

Alcohols
Sexual Behavior
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Developmental differences
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Sexual risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

Cite this

@article{414fc5d985954cdfbb8c80d73324abc0,
title = "Moderating effect of age on the association between alcohol use and sexual risk in MSM: Evidence for elevated risk among younger MSM",
abstract = "Men who have sex with men (MSM) are substantially impacted by HIV/AIDS in the United States. Alcohol use is frequently studied as a predictor of sexual risk in MSM, but findings for this association have been mixed. Developmental differences in this effect may help to explain equivocal findings. 143 MSM (analytic sample 137) ages 16-40 completed weekly diaries of sexual encounters and associated situational factors for 12 weeks. Analyses were conducted with Hierarchical Linear Modeling. Alcohol use before sex was not associated with sexual risk across all participants. Participant age moderated this effect; alcohol use before sex was associated with increased odds of sexual risk in younger MSM only. These analyses expand on previous findings by utilizing a wider age range than most prior studies and adjusting for the effects of several theoretically-selected covariates. Young MSM are an important group to target for addressing alcohol use in the context of sexual behavior.",
keywords = "Alcohol, Developmental differences, HIV/AIDS, Sexual risk",
author = "Michael Newcomb",
year = "2013",
month = "6",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1007/s10461-013-0470-8",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "17",
pages = "1746--1754",
journal = "AIDS and Behavior",
issn = "1090-7165",
publisher = "Springer New York",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Moderating effect of age on the association between alcohol use and sexual risk in MSM

T2 - Evidence for elevated risk among younger MSM

AU - Newcomb, Michael

PY - 2013/6/1

Y1 - 2013/6/1

N2 - Men who have sex with men (MSM) are substantially impacted by HIV/AIDS in the United States. Alcohol use is frequently studied as a predictor of sexual risk in MSM, but findings for this association have been mixed. Developmental differences in this effect may help to explain equivocal findings. 143 MSM (analytic sample 137) ages 16-40 completed weekly diaries of sexual encounters and associated situational factors for 12 weeks. Analyses were conducted with Hierarchical Linear Modeling. Alcohol use before sex was not associated with sexual risk across all participants. Participant age moderated this effect; alcohol use before sex was associated with increased odds of sexual risk in younger MSM only. These analyses expand on previous findings by utilizing a wider age range than most prior studies and adjusting for the effects of several theoretically-selected covariates. Young MSM are an important group to target for addressing alcohol use in the context of sexual behavior.

AB - Men who have sex with men (MSM) are substantially impacted by HIV/AIDS in the United States. Alcohol use is frequently studied as a predictor of sexual risk in MSM, but findings for this association have been mixed. Developmental differences in this effect may help to explain equivocal findings. 143 MSM (analytic sample 137) ages 16-40 completed weekly diaries of sexual encounters and associated situational factors for 12 weeks. Analyses were conducted with Hierarchical Linear Modeling. Alcohol use before sex was not associated with sexual risk across all participants. Participant age moderated this effect; alcohol use before sex was associated with increased odds of sexual risk in younger MSM only. These analyses expand on previous findings by utilizing a wider age range than most prior studies and adjusting for the effects of several theoretically-selected covariates. Young MSM are an important group to target for addressing alcohol use in the context of sexual behavior.

KW - Alcohol

KW - Developmental differences

KW - HIV/AIDS

KW - Sexual risk

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84878584123&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84878584123&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s10461-013-0470-8

DO - 10.1007/s10461-013-0470-8

M3 - Article

C2 - 23553348

AN - SCOPUS:84878584123

VL - 17

SP - 1746

EP - 1754

JO - AIDS and Behavior

JF - AIDS and Behavior

SN - 1090-7165

IS - 5

ER -