Body dissatisfaction and methamphetamine use among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men: A pilot study

Peter S. Theodore, Richard P. Achiro, Ron E F Duran, Michael H Antoni

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Methamphetamine use is strongly associated with risky sex and increased reports of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among gay and bisexual men (GBM) who attend dance/circuit parties. The psychological mechanisms underlying methamphetamine use in this subculture, however, remain unclear. These exploratory findings are from a 2004 dataset measuring body dissatisfaction and drug use among 42 HIV-positive GBM in South Florida who attended at least one bar/club/circuit party within 3 months of participating. A multivariate regression model revealed that body dissatisfaction accounted for a small but significant amount of variance in methamphetamine use. Treatment implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1745-1749
Number of pages5
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number14
StatePublished - Oct 24 2011



  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Club drugs
  • Gay/bisexual
  • HIV
  • Methamphetamine
  • Self-objectification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine(all)

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