The Sexual Networks of Racially Diverse Young Men Who Have Sex with Men

Michelle Birkett*, Lisa M. Kuhns, Carl Latkin, Stephen Muth, Brian Mustanski

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Abstract

Young men who have sex with men are at increased risk for HIV. Research with older men and high-risk populations suggests that network dynamics may contribute to the spread of infectious disease and HIV, but little is known about the sexual networks of young men who have sex with men. Utilizing a unique dataset, this study presents novel descriptive data about the sexual networks of racially diverse 17- to 23-year-old young men who have sex with men. Additionally, individual, partner, and network characteristics of these young men who have sex with men were examined as potential drivers of HIV, STI, and unprotected intercourse. Results indicated several partner- and network-level factors associated with HIV and associated outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1787-1797
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume44
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 7 2015

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Keywords

  • Gay
  • HIV
  • Sexual networks
  • Sexual orientation
  • Young men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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