Sexual risk behaviors and steroid use among sexual minority adolescent boys

Aaron J. Blashill, Steven Safren, Jonathan D. Jampel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

Background: Previous research has extensively examined the relationship between the use of alcohol and illicit substances with sexual risk behaviors among sexual minority (i.e., gay and bisexual) male youth; however, no known studies have assessed the association of steroid use to risk behaviors among this population. Methods: Participants were 556 sexually active sexual minority adolescent boys (. M age. =. 16.2, SD=. 1.3), taken from a pooled dataset of the 14 jurisdictions from the 2005 and 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveys that assessed sexual orientation. The association between lifetime use of steroids and sexual risk behaviors were examined. Results: Controlling for number of sexual partners, depression, victimization, and race, boys who reported increased steroid use were at increased odds of engaging in condomless sex, OR. =. 1.55, p=. .003, and use of alcohol/drugs during sex, OR. =. 1.48, p=. .002. Conclusions: Steroid use among sexual minority adolescent boys is prevalent and associated with HIV/STI sexual transmission risk behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-290
Number of pages4
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Volume154
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Risk-Taking
Sexual Behavior
Steroids
Alcohols
Crime Victims
Sexual Partners
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexual Minorities
HIV
Depression
Research
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Population

Keywords

  • Adolescent boys
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sexual risk
  • Steroids
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

Cite this

Sexual risk behaviors and steroid use among sexual minority adolescent boys. / Blashill, Aaron J.; Safren, Steven; Jampel, Jonathan D.

In: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Vol. 154, 01.09.2015, p. 287-290.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Blashill, Aaron J. ; Safren, Steven ; Jampel, Jonathan D. / Sexual risk behaviors and steroid use among sexual minority adolescent boys. In: Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2015 ; Vol. 154. pp. 287-290.
@article{87fe31fb3a554001ba35f24872170915,
title = "Sexual risk behaviors and steroid use among sexual minority adolescent boys",
abstract = "Background: Previous research has extensively examined the relationship between the use of alcohol and illicit substances with sexual risk behaviors among sexual minority (i.e., gay and bisexual) male youth; however, no known studies have assessed the association of steroid use to risk behaviors among this population. Methods: Participants were 556 sexually active sexual minority adolescent boys (. M age. =. 16.2, SD=. 1.3), taken from a pooled dataset of the 14 jurisdictions from the 2005 and 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveys that assessed sexual orientation. The association between lifetime use of steroids and sexual risk behaviors were examined. Results: Controlling for number of sexual partners, depression, victimization, and race, boys who reported increased steroid use were at increased odds of engaging in condomless sex, OR. =. 1.55, p=. .003, and use of alcohol/drugs during sex, OR. =. 1.48, p=. .002. Conclusions: Steroid use among sexual minority adolescent boys is prevalent and associated with HIV/STI sexual transmission risk behaviors.",
keywords = "Adolescent boys, Sexual orientation, Sexual risk, Steroids, Substance use",
author = "Blashill, {Aaron J.} and Steven Safren and Jampel, {Jonathan D.}",
year = "2015",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.06.025",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "154",
pages = "287--290",
journal = "Drug and Alcohol Dependence",
issn = "0376-8716",
publisher = "Elsevier Ireland Ltd",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Sexual risk behaviors and steroid use among sexual minority adolescent boys

AU - Blashill, Aaron J.

AU - Safren, Steven

AU - Jampel, Jonathan D.

PY - 2015/9/1

Y1 - 2015/9/1

N2 - Background: Previous research has extensively examined the relationship between the use of alcohol and illicit substances with sexual risk behaviors among sexual minority (i.e., gay and bisexual) male youth; however, no known studies have assessed the association of steroid use to risk behaviors among this population. Methods: Participants were 556 sexually active sexual minority adolescent boys (. M age. =. 16.2, SD=. 1.3), taken from a pooled dataset of the 14 jurisdictions from the 2005 and 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveys that assessed sexual orientation. The association between lifetime use of steroids and sexual risk behaviors were examined. Results: Controlling for number of sexual partners, depression, victimization, and race, boys who reported increased steroid use were at increased odds of engaging in condomless sex, OR. =. 1.55, p=. .003, and use of alcohol/drugs during sex, OR. =. 1.48, p=. .002. Conclusions: Steroid use among sexual minority adolescent boys is prevalent and associated with HIV/STI sexual transmission risk behaviors.

AB - Background: Previous research has extensively examined the relationship between the use of alcohol and illicit substances with sexual risk behaviors among sexual minority (i.e., gay and bisexual) male youth; however, no known studies have assessed the association of steroid use to risk behaviors among this population. Methods: Participants were 556 sexually active sexual minority adolescent boys (. M age. =. 16.2, SD=. 1.3), taken from a pooled dataset of the 14 jurisdictions from the 2005 and 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveys that assessed sexual orientation. The association between lifetime use of steroids and sexual risk behaviors were examined. Results: Controlling for number of sexual partners, depression, victimization, and race, boys who reported increased steroid use were at increased odds of engaging in condomless sex, OR. =. 1.55, p=. .003, and use of alcohol/drugs during sex, OR. =. 1.48, p=. .002. Conclusions: Steroid use among sexual minority adolescent boys is prevalent and associated with HIV/STI sexual transmission risk behaviors.

KW - Adolescent boys

KW - Sexual orientation

KW - Sexual risk

KW - Steroids

KW - Substance use

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84938989958&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84938989958&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.06.025

DO - 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.06.025

M3 - Article

C2 - 26144592

AN - SCOPUS:84938989958

VL - 154

SP - 287

EP - 290

JO - Drug and Alcohol Dependence

JF - Drug and Alcohol Dependence

SN - 0376-8716

ER -