The Role of Peer Support on Condom Use among Black and Latino MSM in Three Urban Areas.

Published: October 22, 2010

Abstract

This article examines the sociodemographic/behavioral variables associated with low peer support of condom use and the relation between low peer support of condom use and unprotected anal sex for Black and Latino MSM in cities heavily impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Our findings indicate that perceived low peer support of condom use is associated with increased odds of recent unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) among Black and Latino MSM, regardless of male partner type. Although many participants reported having high peer support of condom use, this analysis highlights a considerable subgroup of Black and Latino MSM, 21% and 30%, respectively, who report low peer support of condoms. Given the prevalence of low peer support of condom use and its association with UAI in these highly impacted MSM populations, we recommend future intervention work that draws upon Black and Latino MSM’s peer and social network members to reduce HIV risk behaviors.

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