Bisexual Latino men and HIV and sexually transmitted infections risk: an exploratory analysis

Am J Public Health. 2007 Jun;97(6):1102-6. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.078345. Epub 2007 Apr 26.

Abstract

Objectives: We sought to determine whether there were differences in sexual risk among behaviorally and self-identified bisexual men, men who reported having sex with both men and women without reporting a bisexual identity and men who self-identified as bisexual but reported only recent homosexual behavior over the past 6 months.

Methods: secondary data analysis, we conducted stepwise linear regression equation modeling to determine which factors were significant predictors of sexual risk among various subgroups of bisexual Latino men.

Results: Having sex with women, regardless of sexual identity, increased the likelihood of insertive unprotected anal intercourse with men. Bisexual identity was not statistically associated with unprotected anal intercourse with men.

Conclusions: Future studies should begin to examine differences within groups rather than focusing on group comparisons that yield limited insights into sexual risk predictors for homosexually and bisexually active men. Further research that explores risk and protective factors in the sexual lives of Latino bisexual men is also needed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bisexuality*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology*
  • HIV Infections / transmission
  • Hispanic or Latino*
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / transmission
  • United States / epidemiology