Predictors of unprotected sex among young sexually active African American, hispanic, and white MSM: The importance of ethnicity and culture

Jacob C. Warren, M. Isabel Fernández, Gary W. Harper, Marco A. Hidalgo, Omar B. Jamil, Rodrigo Sebastián Torres

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Abstract

Despite the recognized need for culturally tailored HIV prevention interventions for gay, bisexual, and questioning youth, few studies have examined if predictors of unprotected sex vary for youth from different ethnic groups. This study reports on a sample of 189 gay, bisexual, and questioning youth (age 15-22) from three racial/ethnic backgrounds (African American, Hispanic, and White) recruited in Chicago, IL and Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Florida. For African American youth, being in a long-term relationship, having been kicked out of the home for having sex with men, and younger age at initiation of sexual behavior were associated with unprotected sex. For Hispanic youth, higher ethnic identification and older age at initiation of sexual behavior were associated with unprotected sex. For White youth, no predictors were associated with unprotected sex. Our findings point to the importance of understanding the varying predictors of unprotected sex and integrating them into tailored prevention interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-468
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • HIV
  • MSM
  • Minorities
  • Unprotected sex
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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