High-risk sexual activity in the house and ball community: Influence of social networks

Sheree M. Schrager, Carl A. Latkin, George Weiss, Katrina Kubicek, Michele D. Kipke

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Objectives. We investigated the roles of House membership and the influence of social and sexual network members on the sexual risk behavior of men in the Los Angeles House and Ball community. Methods. From February 2009 to January 2010, male participants (n = 233) completed interviewer-assisted surveys during a House meeting or Ball event. We used logistic regression to model the effects of sexual network size, influence of sexual network members, House membership status, and their interactions on high-risk sex. Results. Significant predictors of high-risk sex included number of sexual partners in the nominated social network, multiethnicity, and previous diagnosis of sexually transmitted infection. House membership was protective against high-risk sex. Additionally, a 3-way interaction emerged between number of sexual partners in the network, influence, and network members' House membership. Conclusions. Future research should assess network members' attitudes and behavior in detail to provide a greater understanding of the dynamics of social influence and to identify additional avenues for intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-331
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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