Predictors of Identifying as a Barebacker among High-Risk New England HIV Seronegative Men Who Have Sex with Men

Sari L. Reisner, Matthew J. Mimiaga, Patricia Case, Carey V. Johnson, Steven Safren, Kenneth H. Mayer

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Abstract

Studies have found that between 14% and 46% of US men who have sex with men (MSM) consistently report "barebacking" behavior (i.e., intentional unprotected anal intercourse) with other men. This is of public health significance because MSM continue to constitute more than 50% of new HIV infections in the USA. Men who self-identify as barebackers may represent a different and unique subset of MSM with distinct HIV prevention needs. In 2007, 227 HIV seronegative MSM recruited through modified respondent-driven sampling completed an interviewer-administered survey which assessed barebacker identity (i.e., personally identifying with the barebacker scene), demographics, sexual risk behaviors, psychosocial variables, and drug/alcohol use. Bivariate and multivariable logistic regression procedures were used to examine predictors of barebacker identity in relation to HIV risk behavior. Overall, 31% of participants identified as a barebacker. In bivariate analyses, lower education (OR∈=∈1.76; 95% CI∈=∈0.99-3.13; p∈

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-262
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Volume86
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Logistic Models
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Interviews
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Education
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Keywords

  • Bareback
  • HIV/AIDS
  • MSM
  • Prevention
  • STIs

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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Predictors of Identifying as a Barebacker among High-Risk New England HIV Seronegative Men Who Have Sex with Men. / Reisner, Sari L.; Mimiaga, Matthew J.; Case, Patricia; Johnson, Carey V.; Safren, Steven; Mayer, Kenneth H.

In: Journal of Urban Health, Vol. 86, No. 2, 03.2009, p. 250-262.

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Reisner, Sari L. ; Mimiaga, Matthew J. ; Case, Patricia ; Johnson, Carey V. ; Safren, Steven ; Mayer, Kenneth H. / Predictors of Identifying as a Barebacker among High-Risk New England HIV Seronegative Men Who Have Sex with Men. In: Journal of Urban Health. 2009 ; Vol. 86, No. 2. pp. 250-262.
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