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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 473–481 | Cite as

Sexual Negotiation, HIV-Status Disclosure, and Sexual Risk Behavior Among Latino Men Who Use the Internet to Seek Sex with Other Men

  • Alex Carballo-Diéguez
  • Michael Miner
  • Curtis Dolezal
  • B. R. Simon Rosser
  • Scott Jacoby
Article

Abstract

As part of a wider study of Internet-using Latino men who have sex with men (MSM), we studied the likelihood that HIV-negative (n=200) and HIV-positive (n=50) Latino MSM would engage in sexual negotiations and disclosure of their HIV status prior to their first sexual encounters with men met over the Internet. We also analyzed the sexual behaviors that followed online encounters. Our results showed that both HIV-negative and positive men were significantly more likely to engage in sexual negotiation and serostatus disclosure on the Internet than in person. Those who engaged in sexual negotiations were also more likely to use condoms for anal intercourse. Compared to HIV-negative MSM, HIV-positive MSM were significantly less likely to disclose their serostatus, and 41% of them acknowledged having misrepresented their serostatus to a prospective sexual partner met over the Internet. Although similar proportions of HIV-positive and negative men had condomless anal intercourse, HIV-positive MSM were more likely to report lack of intention to use condoms. Pleasure was the reason most frequently cited for lack of condom use. Cybersex was reported by only one-fifth of the sample. We conclude that the Internet, an understudied milieu of sexual networking, may present new possibilities for the implementation of risk reduction strategies, such as the promotion of sexual negotiation prior to first in-person encounter and serostatus disclosure.

Keywords

Hispanic Gay Bisexual Unprotected anal intercourse Condoms HIV status 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS, grant number MH6388 (B.R.S. Rosser). We would like to thank the participants who kindly gave their time for this study. We would also like to thank Ana Ventuneac for assisting with the preparation of the tables.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Carballo-Diéguez
    • 1
  • Michael Miner
    • 2
  • Curtis Dolezal
    • 1
  • B. R. Simon Rosser
    • 2
  • Scott Jacoby
    • 2
  1. 1.HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral StudiesNew York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Center for HIV/STI Intervention and Prevention Studies (HIPS), Program in Human Sexuality, Department Family Medicine and Community HealthUniversity of Minnesota Medical SchoolMinneapolisUSA

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