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Social geographies of African American men who have sex with men (MSM): A qualitative exploration of the social, spatial and temporal context of HIV risk in Baltimore, Maryland

TitleSocial geographies of African American men who have sex with men (MSM): A qualitative exploration of the social, spatial and temporal context of HIV risk in Baltimore, Maryland
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsTobin, KE, Cutchin, M, Latkin, CA, Takahashi, LM
JournalHealth & Place
Volume22
Pagination1-6
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number13538292 (ISSN)
Accession Number23518256
KeywordsAdult, African American, African American men who have sex with men, alcoholism, article, attitude to sexuality, Baltimore, drug dependence, Educational Status, employment, employment status, health risk, high risk behavior, HIV risk, human, human immunodeficiency virus, Human immunodeficiency virus infection, infection risk, Male, male homosexual, MARYLAND, priority journal, Public Health, qualitative analysis, racial disparity, Risk Assessment, self disclosure, social behavior, Social Class, SOCIAL networks, socioeconomic status, Spatial context, United States
Abstract

This qualitative study utilized a time-geography framework to explore the daily routines and daily paths of African American men who have sex with men (AA MSM) and how these shape HIV risk. Twenty AA MSM aged 18 years and older completed an in-depth interview. Findings revealed (1) paths and routines were differentiated by indicators of socio-economic status, namely employment and addiction, and (2) risk was situated within social and spatial processes that included dimensions of MSM disclosure and substance use. This study highlights the critical need for future research and interventions that incorporate the social and spatial dimensions of behavior to advance our ability to explain racial disparities in HIV and develop effective public health responses. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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