Social support network characteristics and sexual risk taking among a racially/ethnically diverse sample of young, urban men who have sex with men

F. Kapadia, D. E. Siconolfi, S. Barton, B. Olivieri, L. Lombardo, P. N. Halkitis

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Associations between social support network characteristics and sexual risk among racially/ethnically diverse young men who have sex with men (YMSM) were examined using egocentric network data from a prospective cohort study of YMSM (n = 501) recruited in New York City. Bivariate and multivariable logistic regression analyses examined associations between social support network characteristics and sexual risk taking behaviors in Black, Hispanic/Latino, and White YMSM. Bivariate analyses indicated key differences in network size, composition, communication frequency and average relationship duration by race/ethnicity. In multivariable analyses, controlling for individual level sociodemographic, psychosocial and relationship factors, having a sexual partner in one's social support network was associated with unprotected sexual behavior for both Hispanic/Latino (AOR = 3.90) and White YMSM (AOR = 4.93). Further examination of key network characteristics across racial/ethnic groups are warranted in order to better understand the extant mechanisms for provision of HIV prevention programming to racially/ethnically diverse YMSM at risk for HIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1819-1828
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013



  • HIV
  • Prevention
  • Social networks
  • YMSM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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