Self-esteem in HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay and bisexual men: Implications for risk-taking behaviors with casual sex partners

David A. Moskowitz*, David W. Seal

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Research suggests that self-esteem in gay and bisexual men may be linked with sexual risk-taking behaviors. As part of a larger investigation into the sexual practices of gay and bisexual men, we assessed serostatus, self-esteem, condom use, and HIV disclosure to sexual partners. Among HIV-negative men, no relationships were found between their self-esteem and tendency to discuss their and their partners' HIV status. However, among HIV-positive men, there was a positive relationship between self-esteem and disclosure to receptive and insertive anal sex partners. These results suggest greater attention to the self-esteem of HIV-positive men by attending healthcare workers and social support groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-625
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Bisexual men
  • Gay men
  • HIV disclosure
  • Self-esteem
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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