Sexual risk and sexual healthcare utilization profiles among Black sexual minority men in the U.S. Deep South

Omeid Heidari, Derek T. Dangerfield, De Marc A. Hickson

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Abstract

Black gay, bisexual, and other Black sexual minority men (BSMM) continue to experience negative health outcomes along the HIV prevention and treatment continuum, especially in the U.S. Deep South. The purpose of this study is to identify sexual risk and healthcare utilization profiles behaviors among BSMM in the Deep South. Guided by the Behavioral Model for Vulnerable Populations, latent class analysis was used to identify sexual risk and healthcare utilization profiles using data from 348 individuals in Jackson, MS and Atlanta, GA. Multinomial logistic regression was used to identify the correlates of class membership. A 3-class solution was identified: Class 1 (Substance using, Low Testers); Class 2 (Condom using testers), and Class 3 (Casual Partner Testers). Class 1 had the highest conditional probabilities of drug (75%) and alcohol (84%) use before sex and the lowest probability of STI and HIV testing. Class 2 had the highest probabilities of condom use and a 65% probability of seeing a healthcare provider. Class 3 had the highest probability of inconsistent condom use and seeing a healthcare provider in the previous 12 months (76%). Findings support the need for targeted interventions tailored to BSMM of different sexual risk and healthcare utilization behaviors.

Keywords

  • HIV
  • men who have sex with men
  • prevention
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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