A Comparison by Sexual Orientation of Sexual Health and Sexual Behaviors Among Hispanic Men

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Abstract

High rates of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) related to high-risk sexual behaviors are a public health problem in the USA. Hispanics have the second highest rates of HIV infection among racial/ethnic minorities. Previous research with Hispanic men has identified a number of factors that influence sexual risk and render Hispanic men at risk for HIV/STIs. These factors vary by sexual orientation. Despite these differences in sexual risk by sexual orientation, no study to date has compared the sexual behaviors of Hispanic men by sexual orientation. The purpose of this study was to compare the sexual behaviors of a sample of Hispanic men by sexual orientation. A descriptive, cross-sectional design was used to collect data from 163 Hispanic men in South Florida: 80 heterosexual and 83 MSM. Participants completed measures of sexual health, sexual behaviors, and demographics. No statistically significant differences were found between the two groups of men in terms of age of sexual debut, number of sexual partners during the previous 3 months, condom usage during the previous 3 months, HIV testing history, and substance use during sex. Statistically significant differences were found between the two groups of men in terms of certain STIs. Hispanic men as a population may engage in high-risk sexual behaviors that place them at risk for HIV/STIs. More research is needed to develop both culturally tailored and sexual orientation-appropriate interventions to assist Hispanic men reduce high-risk sexual behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
JournalSexuality Research and Social Policy
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

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Hispanic Americans
Sexual Behavior
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Keywords

  • Hispanics
  • Men
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Sexual behaviors

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  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gender Studies

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A Comparison by Sexual Orientation of Sexual Health and Sexual Behaviors Among Hispanic Men. / De Santis, Joseph; Valdes, Beatriz; Provencio-Vasquez, Elias; Gattamorta, Karina.

In: Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Vol. 12, No. 1, 01.03.2015, p. 15-23.

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