Explanations for methamphetamine use among gay and bisexual men in New York City

Perry N. Halkitis, Beth N. Fischgrund, Jeffrey T. Parsons

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Qualitative interview data from Project Tina, a formative investigation of methamphetamine use among gay and bisexual men in New York City, were used to explore the reasons men use methamphetamine. Interviews were conducted with 48 active methamphetamine users, and coding revealed that a majority of the men used the substance to enhance sexual experiences. However, usage was also related to physical needs, emotional needs, and socialization. Differential explanations were noted across participant HIV serostatus, age, and race/ethnicity. HIV seropositive men indicated significantly greater use of methamphetamine for sexual reasons, as did older respondents. HIV seronegative participants reported significantly greater use of the drug for social reasons, as did younger men. White participants were significantly more likely to use the drug for physical reasons compared to other men. These data suggest that methamphetamine use is multifaceted. Treatment programs should consider individual differences and motivations for drug use in tailoring programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume40
Issue number9-10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

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Keywords

  • Ethnographic
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Methamphetamine
  • Motivations
  • Stimulants

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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
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Explanations for methamphetamine use among gay and bisexual men in New York City. / Halkitis, Perry N.; Fischgrund, Beth N.; Parsons, Jeffrey T.

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Halkitis, Perry N. ; Fischgrund, Beth N. ; Parsons, Jeffrey T. / Explanations for methamphetamine use among gay and bisexual men in New York City. In: Substance Use and Misuse. 2005 ; Vol. 40, No. 9-10.
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