Receipt and Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence and Condomless Anal Intercourse Among Gay and Bisexual Men in Atlanta

AIDS Behav. 2017 Aug;21(8):2253-2260. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1709-6.


Intimate partner violence (IPV) rates are disproportionately high among sexual minority populations, with increasing evident that gay men experience IPV at the same rates as heterosexual women. This study examines the relationship between self-reported condomless anal intercourse (CAI) and IPV among a sample of 750 gay and bisexual men. Participants answered questions regarding recent receipt and perpetration of IPV using the IPV-GBM Scale (Cronbach Alpha 0.90). Of the sample, 46.1% reported recent receipt of any type of IPV and 33.6% reported recent perpetration of any type of IPV. Overall, 55.1% of participants reported CAI at last sex. Significant associations were determined between several forms of IPV and increased odds of reporting CAI at last sex. These findings suggest that IPV may be a risk factor for CAI among men who have sex with men, and highlight the need to understand the IPV prevention and care needs of this population.

Keywords: Male couples; Sexual risk; Violence.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bisexuality*
  • Georgia / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology*
  • Homosexuality, Male*
  • Humans
  • Intimate Partner Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities / statistics & numerical data*
  • Unsafe Sex / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult