Health disparities in access to health care for HIV infection, substance abuse, and mental health among Latino men who have sex with men in a U.S.–Mexico Border City

Oralia Loza, Elias Provencio-Vasquez, Bibiana Mancera, Joseph De Santis

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Abstract

A cross-sectional study among 150 community-dwelling Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) in a U.S.–Mexico border city was conducted to describe health disparities in access to care for HIV infection, substance use/abuse, and mental health. Data were collected in 2013 and 2014. Median age of participants was 26 years, and the majority of participants identified as a sexual minority and born in the United States. Half did not have health insurance and reported suicidal ideation. One-eighth reported living with HIV. Most common substances reported were alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. Clinicians who provide care for Latino MSM should be aware of intersecting comorbidities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-336
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Health disparities
  • mental health
  • people of color
  • substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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