Alcohol Use and HIV Risk Within Social Networks of MSM Sex Workers in the Dominican Republic.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

To examine how alcohol-related HIV risk behaviors within MSM sex workers' social networks (SN) may be associated with individual risk behaviors, respondent-driven and venue-based sampling were used to collect demographic, behavioral and SN characteristics among MSM sex workers in Santo Domingo and Boca Chica (N = 220). The majority of participants reported problem drinking (71.0%) or alcohol use at their last sexual encounter (71.4%). Self-reported problem drinking was associated with SN characteristics (at least one member who recently got drunk aOR = 7.5, no religious/spiritual adviser aOR = 3.0, non-sexual network density aOR = 0.9), while self-reported alcohol use at last sex was associated with individual (drug use at last sex aOR = 4.4) and SN characteristics (at least one member with previous HIV/STI testing aOR = 4.7). Dominican MSM sex workers reported high alcohol use, which may increase their risk for HIV. A better understanding of SN factors associated with individual risk behaviors can help guide appropriate intervention development.

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Cited Authors

  • Tan, D; Holloway, IW; Gildner, J; Jauregui, JC; Garcia Alvarez, R; Guilamo-Ramos, V

Published Date

  • November 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / Suppl 2

Start / End Page

  • 216 - 227

PubMed ID

  • 28849279

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5660652

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3254

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1090-7165

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10461-017-1896-1


  • eng