Predictors of high-risk sexual behavior among gay men and men who have sex with men

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Abstract

This study of 576 gay men and men who have sex with men examined the predictive value of peer norms, self-efficacy, stigma, social support, age, and recreational drug use on high-risk sexual behavior that enables human immunodeficiency virus transmission. A bivariate analysis found each of these factors significant. A discriminant function analysis revealed that significant predictors of high-risk sexual behavior included low self-efficacy and low outcome expectancy with regard to successfully using a condom, disclosing infection status, and negotiating safer sex and low peer norms for safer sex. Counseling implications for this population are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-307
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Dec 2008

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Counseling
  • Gay men
  • HIV
  • HIV transmission
  • High-risk sexual behavior
  • MSM
  • Peer norms
  • Self-efficacy
  • Stigma

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