AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 19, Issue 9, pp 1689–1700 | Cite as

The Association Between Alcohol Consumption and Condom Use: Considering Correlates of HIV Risk Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men

  • Vincent C. AllenJr.Email author
  • Hector F. Myers
  • Lara Ray
Substantive Review


Epidemiological data indicate Black men who have sex with men (MSM) are the most at-risk group for HIV infection. However, the factors driving this disparity are not fully understood. Condom use remains a significant point of intervention in mitigating sexually transmitted infections. Alcohol consumption is highly prevalent among Black MSM, has a significant role in the culture of sex, and may significantly interfere with condom use. This review will examine the relationship between alcohol consumption and condom use among Black MSM. In this review we, (a) discuss the prevalence of alcohol use among MSM and its association with condom use; (b) consider the role of alcohol in the culture of MSM; (c) review the literature on the relationship between alcohol and condom use; and (d) discuss the role of several empirically-supported moderating variables in strengthening the relationship between alcohol use and noncondom use. This review places the finding and implications for HIV risk among Black MSM in the context of the broader literature on MSM.


Black MSM HIV Alcohol Condom use 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent C. AllenJr.
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hector F. Myers
    • 2
  • Lara Ray
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Medicine, Health, and Society PsychologyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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