Body Image and Condomless Anal Sex Among Sexual Minority Men Living with HIV

Shadi Gholizadeh, Benjamin M. Rooney, Erin L. Merz, Vanessa L. Malcarne, Steven Safren, Aaron J. Blashill

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Abstract

The interaction of body dissatisfaction and appearance investment (importance and effort ascribed to appearance) in relation to condomless anal sex has not previously been examined. Body dissatisfaction in the context of varying degrees of appearance investment may yield divergent sexual risk outcomes. Sexual minority men living with HIV (N = 105) completed a battery of self-report measures. A generalized linear model identified a significant interaction [b = 0.08 (95% CI 0.01, 0.16), p = 0.033] such that when appearance investment was low, body dissatisfaction was associated with fewer condomless anal sex acts; when appearance investment was high, body dissatisfaction was associated with increased condomless anal sex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS and Behavior
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Apr 17 2017

Keywords

  • Appearance investment
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Body image
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Sexual risk behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Gholizadeh, S., Rooney, B. M., Merz, E. L., Malcarne, V. L., Safren, S., & Blashill, A. J. (Accepted/In press). Body Image and Condomless Anal Sex Among Sexual Minority Men Living with HIV. AIDS and Behavior, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-017-1763-0