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Associations Between Drug and Alcohol Use Patterns and Sexual Risk in a Sample of African American Men Who Have Sex with Men

TitleAssociations Between Drug and Alcohol Use Patterns and Sexual Risk in a Sample of African American Men Who Have Sex with Men
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsTobin, KE, Yang, C, King, K, Latkin, CA, Curriero, FC
JournalAIDS Behav
Volume20
Pagination590-9
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1573-3254 (Electronic)1090-7165 (Linking)
Accession Number26558629
KeywordsAfrican American MSM, Alcohol use, Latent class analysis, Sexual risk behaviors
Abstract

Men who have sex with men (MSM) are the largest risk group in the US HIV epidemic and African American MSM (AA MSM) are disproportionately affected. Substance-abusing sexual minorities warrant attention as they are at elevated risk for HIV, yet are not a homogeneous risk group. The purpose of this study was to use latent class analysis to identify patterns of drug and alcohol use in a sample of 359 AA MSM and examine associations with sexual risk. Three classes were identified: Individuals who used multiple substances (poly-users) (18 %), alcohol/marijuana users (33 %) and individuals who had low probability of reporting drug or problematic alcohol use (50 %). Results from multivariate analysis indicate that poly-users were older and more likely to report sex exchange and recent sexually transmitted infection compared to the other classes. Alcohol and poly-users were more likely to report sex under the influence. Identifying and defining substance use patterns can improve specification of risk groups and allocation of prevention resources.

PMCID

PMC4777693