Culture and HIV Risk in a Diverse Population

Principal Investigator: Ellen Benoit

Despite considerable attention to the sexual health of young men who have sex with men (YMSM), new HIV and STD infections are rapidly increasing among this population. A critical aspect of sexual behavior among YMSM is the process by which they receive cultural scenarios from external sources, interpret them and enact them with sexual partners. To understand this phenomenon and inform the development of more effective interventions for YMSM, the proposed study will conduct mixed-methods interviews with an ethnically diverse sample of 160 urban YMSM (33% Black, 33% Latino, 33% White; of whom 50% within each racial/ethnic group will be ages 16-20 and 50% will be ages 21-25).

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