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AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 1452–1459 | Cite as

Intersectional Identities and HIV: Race and Ethnicity Drive Patterns of Sexual Mixing

  • Michelle BirkettEmail author
  • Balint Neray
  • Patrick Janulis
  • Gregory PhillipsII
  • Brian Mustanski
Original Paper

Abstract

Large disparities exist in HIV across racial and ethnic populations—with Black and Latino populations disproportionately affected. This study utilizes a large cohort of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) to examine how race and ethnicity drive sexual partner selection, and how those with intersecting identities (Latinos who identify as White or Black) differ from Latinos without a specific racial identification (Latinos who identify as “Other”). Data come from YMSM (N = 895) who reported on sexual partners (N = 3244). Sexual mixing patterns differed substantially by race and ethnicity. Latinos who self-identified as “Black” reported mainly Black partners, those who self-identified as “White” predominantly partnered with Whites, while those who self-identified as “Other” mainly partnered with Latinos. Results suggested that Black-Latino YMSM are an important population for prevention, as their HIV prevalence neared that of Black YMSM, and their patterns of sexual partnership suggested that they may bridge Black YMSM and Other-Latino YMSM populations.

Keywords

HIV Race/ethnicity Latino Sexual networks Disparities 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse: K08DA037825, PI: Birkett; U01DA036939, PI: Mustanski.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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