AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 20, Supplement 1, pp 158–172 | Cite as

Research on the Effects of Alcohol and Sexual Arousal on Sexual Risk in Men who have Sex with Men: Implications for HIV Prevention Interventions

  • Stephen A. MaistoEmail author
  • Jeffrey S. Simons
Original Paper


The purpose of this paper was to describe and appraise the research evidence on the effects of acute alcohol intoxication and sexual arousal on sexual risk behaviors in men who have sex with men (MSM) and to examine its implications for design of HIV prevention interventions that target MSM. Toward that end, the paper begins with a discussion of research on sexual arousal in men and alcohol and their acute effects on sexual behaviors. This is followed by a review of empirical evidence on the combined acute effects of alcohol and sexual arousal in heterosexual men (the large majority of studies) and then in MSM. The empirical evidence and related theoretical developments then are integrated to derive implications for developing effective HIV prevention interventions that target MSM.


Alcohol Sexual arousal Sexual risk MSM HIV prevention 



Preparation of this paper was supported in part by Grants 2K05 AA16928 and R01 AA20519 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.University of South DakotaVermillionUSA

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