TP 31 The Sexual Risk Behaviors of Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in Jackson Mississippi

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Exhibit Hall
Leandro A. Mena, MD, MPH1, Angelica Geter, MPH, DrPHc2, Timothy Brown, MPH3, Ashley Ross, MPH3 and Richard Crosby, PhD4, 1Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi State Department of Health, Jackson, MS, 2Department of Health Behavior, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 3Department of Health Behavior, University of Kentucky, Jackson, MS, 4Department of Health Behavior, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, Lexington, KY

Background:  This study examined the sexual risk behaviors of  young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) by HIV serostatus. 

Methods:  Data were collected in an STI clinic of Jackson Mississippi. The men (N=207) were 15-29 years of age, identified as Black and engaged in sexual intercourse with a man in the past three months. Four risk outcomes were selected: 1) frequency of sex with an HIV+ partner, 2) unprotected anal receptive sex (UARS), 3) unprotected anal insertive sex (UAIS), 4) number of new sex partners. Bivariate associations between these outcomes and status of being HIV- (74%) or HIV+ (26%) were conducted. 

Results:  Mean age was 22.4 years (SD=2.96). Among HIV+ men, 50% reported sex with an HIV+ partner in the past 3 months. Among HIV- men, 17% knowingly had sex with an HIV+ partner in the past 3 months. When comparing HIV+ men to HIV- men, there were no significant differences in recent UARS (P=.832) and UAIS (P=.575). The number of new sexual partners among HIV+ YBMSM (M=6.69, SD=11.28) was similar to that of HIV- YBMSM (M=6.05,SD=13.08). 

Conclusions:  This group of YBMSM exhibit significant sexual risk behaviors regardless of their HIV status, underscoring the need for interventions targeted to this populations and their sexual partners.