Sexual behavior and network characteristics and their association with bacterial sexually transmitted infections among Black men who have sex with men in the United States

Hyman M. Scott, Risha Irvin, Leo Wilton, Hong Van Tieu, Chauncey Watson, Manya Magnus, Iris Chen, Charlotte A Gaydos, Sophia A. Hussen, Sharon Mannheimer, Kenneth Mayer, Nancy A. Hessol, Susan Buchbinder

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Background: Black men who have sex with men (MSM) have a high prevalence of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and individual risk behavior does not fully explain the higher prevalence when compared with other MSM. Using the social-ecological framework, we evaluated individual, social and sexual network, and structural factors and their association with prevalent STIs among Black MSM. Methods: The HIV Prevention Trials Network 061 was a multi-site cohort study designed to determine the feasibility and acceptability of a multi-component intervention for Black MSM in six US cities. Baseline assessments included demographics, risk behavior, and social and sexual network questions collected information about the size, nature and connectedness of their sexual network. Logistic regression was used to estimate the odds of having any prevalent sexually transmitted infection (gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis). Results: A total of 1,553 Black MSM were enrolled in this study. In multivariate analysis, older age (aOR = 0.57; 95% CI 0.49-0.66, p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0146025
JournalPLoS One
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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