Race/ethnicity Mixing Among Men who Have Sex with Men: A Preliminary Examination
San Jose State University, 2008 - African American gay men - 46 pages
Black men who have sex with men (MSM) have higher rates of HIV infection compared to other groups of MSM while not engaging in greater levels of sexual risk behavior. This thesis explored reasons for this disparity. Data were collected in a survey of MSM in San Francisco. Black MSM had a higher than random chance level of same race partnering. Analyses suggest that it is not the preferences of Black men for Black partners that influence their partner choice, rather that other racial groups' perceptions and preferences drive Black men to partner with each other. This reinforcement of Black-Black partnerships creates risk for HIV infection due to the greater chance of partnering with someone already infected. Sexual networks may foster the high level of HIV infection among Black MSM. HIV prevention programs may not address this disparity unless they tackle the social and environmental factors that isolate Black MSM.
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