Sexual HIV risk behavior levels among young and older gay men outside of AIDS epicenters: Findings of a 16-city sample
Although AIDS rates have leveled among older gay men in large original epicenters, HIV seroincidence remains high among young men who have sex with men (MSM) in many areas of the country. This research examined patterns of risk behavior among young (age 25 years or less) and older (age 26 years and over) MSM. Nearly 2,000 men entering gay bars in 16 small U.S. cities completed an anonymous survey of their sexual practices in the past 2 months and of psychosocial risk-related characteristics. Young men were more likely than older men to have engaged in unprotected anal intercourse and, specifically, receptive intercourse in the past 2 months. Younger men also reported more frequent occurrences of unprotected anal intercourse. A progressive decline in risk behavior levels was associated with increasing age. Young men less often personally knew someone who had died of AIDS, and deaths were not primarily within their close social networks. Continued HIV prevention efforts directed toward young MSM are needed, including cities traditionally considered as second tier with respect to AIDS.
McAuliffe, TL; Kelly, JA; Sikkema, KJ; Murphy, DA; Winett, RA; Solomon, LJ; Roffman, RA
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