Explicaciones de las prácticas sexuales de riesgo en hombres que tienen sexo con hombres

Translated title of the contribution: Explanation of risky sexual behaviors in men who have sex with men

Constanza Jacques Aviñó, Patricia García de Olalla, Elia Díez, Silvia Martín, Joan A. Caylà

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Abstract

Objective: To explore views about risky sexual behaviors and perceptions of HIV, and to propose interventions for preventing HIV infections in a group of men who have sex with men. Methods: We performed a qualitative study in a sample of 13 men who have sex with men, who were participating in an HIV-seronegative cohort, and who we contacted via saunas for the gay community in Barcelona (Spain). We performed in-depth semi-structured interviews, followed by content analysis. Results: Risky sexual behaviors were associated with masculinity related to strong sexual needs, certain sexual exchange venues (such as saunas, private parties and clubs), drug use, and a desire to experiment with risk and one's own sexuality. HIV infection was perceived as a normalized disease, although becoming infected was still associated with shame and guilt. Proposed interventions included raising awareness of what it is like to live with HIV, generating greater social alarm, incorporating new technologies in prevention, and intensifying activity at gay venues. Conclusions: The concept of masculinity plays a fundamental role in sexual practices among men who have sex with men. We suggest renewed innovation in preventive programs and incorporating the perception of risk and HIV infection from a gender perspective.

Translated title of the contributionExplanation of risky sexual behaviors in men who have sex with men
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)252-257
Number of pages6
JournalGaceta Sanitaria
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Male homosexuality
  • Primary prevention
  • Qualitative study
  • Risky behaviours

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Jacques Aviñó, C., García de Olalla, P., Díez, E., Martín, S., & Caylà, J. A. (2015). Explicaciones de las prácticas sexuales de riesgo en hombres que tienen sexo con hombres. Gaceta Sanitaria, 29(4), 252-257. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2015.03.002