College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

Predictors of Unprotected Sex among Young Sexually Active African American Hispanic, and White MSM: The Importance of Ethnicity and CUlture

ISBN or ISSN

1090-7165

Publication Title

AIDS and Behavior

Volume

12

Issue

3

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-1-2008

First Page

459

Last Page

468

DOI Number

10.1007/s10461-007-9291-y

Abstract

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.

Disciplines

Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy

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