A comparison of risky sexual behaviors between older and younger men who have sex with men in Houston, TX
Objectives. This study estimated the prevalence of risky sexual behaviors of older (≥ years old) and younger (18-24 years) men who have sex with men (MSM) in Houston, TX and compared the prevalence of these behaviors between the two age cohorts. Methods. Data used in this analysis were from the third MSM cycle of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Study. There were 80 older and 119 younger MSM who met the eligibility criteria. Bivariate and Multivariate analysis were performed to compare risky sexual behaviors from the past 12 months and at last sexual encounter between the two age cohorts. Results. OMSM were more likely to be Non-Hispanic White (AOR=4.17; CI: 1.46, 11.89), to have a household income last year greater than $75,000 (AOR=3.59; CI: 1.12, 11.55), and to self-report HIV-positive (AOR=7.35; CI: 2.69, 20.10) than YMSM. OMSM were less like to have had anal sex (AOR=0.11; CI: 0.04, 0.29) or a main sex partner (AOR=0.2; CI: 0.09, 0.45) than YMSM in the past 12 months. Among MSM who had anal sex at last sexual encounter, OMSM were more likely to have not used a condom the entire time regardless of partner type (AOR=3.64; CI: 1.54, 8.61), not used a condom the entire time with a causal sex partner (AOR=7.72; CI: 1.76, 33.92), had unprotected insertive anal intercourse (AOR=2.92; CI: 1.1, 7.75), and used alcohol before or during sex (AOR=5.33; CI: 2.15, 13.2) than YMSM. YMSM and OMSM did not different significantly in knowledge of last sex partner's HIV status. Conclusions. This is not a homogeneous sample of OMSM and risky sexual behaviors vary within the group. There were many similarities in risk behavior between OMSM and YMSM but also some key differences in partner type and condom use indicating a need for increased age-appropriate health promotion programs to limit a potential increase in HIV infection among OMSM.
Public health|Gender studies|Epidemiology
Wilkinson, Michelle, "A comparison of risky sexual behaviors between older and younger men who have sex with men in Houston, TX" (2012). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1515616.