AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 18, Issue 11, pp 2178–2186 | Cite as

Drug Use and Sexual Risk Among Gay and Bisexual Men Who Frequent Party Venues

  • Peter S. TheodoreEmail author
  • Ron E. Durán
  • Michael H. Antoni
Original Paper


Research connecting club drug use to risky sex among gay/bisexual men (GBM) contains methodological issues that have limited knowledge about the relative risks of distinct drugs. This paper reports drug use and sexual behavior data from 197 GBM who frequented at least one party venue within 3 months of participating. Alarming rates of drug use and unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) with casual sex-partners were reported in connection with time spent at a bar, club or circuit party. Structural equation modeling revealed that use of methamphetamine, gammahydroxybutrate (GHB), and/or ketamine (K), but not use of ecstasy, at a party venue helped explain likelihood of UAI with a casual sex-partner while under the influence of a drug during/following time partying (β = 0.41, p < .01). Findings suggest use of methamphetamine, GHB and/or K at party venues increases risk for subsequent UAI with casual sex-partners. Study implications, limitations, and recommendations for future research are discussed.


Club drug use Circuit parties Gay/bisexual Risky sexual behavior HIV/AIDS 


Uso de drogas club conexióninvestigación a relacionessexuales de riesgo entre los hombres gay/bisexuales (GBM) contienecuestionesmetodológicasquetienen un limitadoconocimientoacerca de los riesgosrelativos de lasdistintasdrogas. Este papeldivulga el uso de drogas y comportamiento sexual datos de GBM 197 quefrecuentaban al menos un lugar de fiesta dentro de 3 meses de participar. Registraroníndicesalarmantes de consumo de drogas y relacionessexualesanales sin protección (UAI) con parejasocasionales en relación con el tiempopasado en un bar, club o fiesta del circuito. Modelado de ecuacionesestructuralesrevelóque el uso de metanfetamina, un gammahydroxybutrate (GHB), o la ketamina (K), pero no consumo de éxtasis, en un lugar de fiesta ayudó a explicarprobabilidad de UAI con unapareja sexual casual mientrasestébajo la influencia de unadrogadurante o después de tiempo de fiesta (= 0. 41, p < .01). Resultadossugieren el uso de metanfetamina, GHB o K en los lugares de fiesta aumentariesgo de UAI posterior con parejasocasionales. Se discutenlasimplicacionesdelestudio, limitaciones y recomendaciones para futurasinvestigaciones



This research study would not have been possible without funding from the American Psychological Association.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter S. Theodore
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ron E. Durán
    • 1
  • Michael H. Antoni
    • 2
  1. 1.Clinical Psychology PhD ProgramCalifornia School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International UniversityLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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