Exploring factors that underlie racial/ethnic disparities in HIV risk among young men who have sex with men

Garofalo, R.; Mustanski, B.; Johnson, A.; Emerson, E.

J Urban Health. 2010 Feb 16; 87(2):318-23


Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) are among the highest risk groups for HIV, and the risk distribution varies by race/ethnicity. Prevalence rates are consistently higher for minority YMSM. Factors underlying these disparities are poorly understood. We examined disparities in HIV risk among a community-based sample of Black, Latino, and non-Hispanic Caucasian YMSM age 16-24. To address gaps in the literature, we examined factors between and within racial/ethnic groups across domains including: sexual and substance use behaviors, sexualized and other social contexts, psychological well-being, HIV attributes and prevention skills, and sexual minority stress.

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