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Differences in risk behaviors and partnership patterns between younger and older men who have sex with men in New York City.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Dec 01; 58(4):417-23.JA

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for a higher proportion of HIV diagnoses than any other risk group in the United States. Given that in NYC MSM younger than 30 years represent a growing proportion of new diagnoses among MSM, we examined differences between MSM by age.

METHODS

We analyzed NYC surveillance and partner services (PS) data for MSM newly diagnosed with HIV from January 2007 to December 2008. We compared demographics, HIV-related risk behaviors, and sexual partner characteristics between younger MSM (<30 years old) (YMSM) and MSM ≥30 years old.

RESULTS

Three hundred and thirty-six MSM were interviewed for PS (180 YMSM and 156 older MSM). MSM were mostly black or Hispanic (91%). YMSM were more likely than older MSM to report gay sexual identity (70% vs. 58%, P < 0.01), and a recent sexually transmitted infection (29% vs. 15%, P < 0.01). More YMSM named ≥1 male partner for HIV notification (66% vs. 36%, P < 0.01). YMSM were more likely than older MSM to name partners who were 5 or more years older (42% vs. 25%, P < 0.01). More YMSM tested for HIV at least once in the past 2 years than older MSM (66% vs. 40%, P < 0.01).

DISCUSSION

Our study has identified important differences in HIV risk behaviors and sexual partnerships between YMSM and older MSM newly diagnosed with HIV. YMSM were more willing to provide the names of male sex partners for the purposes of partner notification than were older MSM, suggesting that PS may be particularly effective at identifying new cases of HIV.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY, USA. abocour@health.nyc.govNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21857350

Citation

Bocour, Angelica, et al. "Differences in Risk Behaviors and Partnership Patterns Between Younger and Older Men Who Have Sex With Men in New York City." Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999), vol. 58, no. 4, 2011, pp. 417-23.
Bocour A, Renaud TC, Wong MR, et al. Differences in risk behaviors and partnership patterns between younger and older men who have sex with men in New York City. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011;58(4):417-23.
Bocour, A., Renaud, T. C., Wong, M. R., Udeagu, C. C., & Shepard, C. W. (2011). Differences in risk behaviors and partnership patterns between younger and older men who have sex with men in New York City. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999), 58(4), 417-23. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0b013e318230e6d9
Bocour A, et al. Differences in Risk Behaviors and Partnership Patterns Between Younger and Older Men Who Have Sex With Men in New York City. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Dec 1;58(4):417-23. PubMed PMID: 21857350.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Differences in risk behaviors and partnership patterns between younger and older men who have sex with men in New York City. AU - Bocour,Angelica, AU - Renaud,Tamar C, AU - Wong,Melissa R, AU - Udeagu,Chi Chi N, AU - Shepard,Colin W, PY - 2011/8/23/entrez PY - 2011/8/23/pubmed PY - 2011/12/23/medline SP - 417 EP - 23 JF - Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) JO - J. Acquir. Immune Defic. Syndr. VL - 58 IS - 4 N2 - BACKGROUND: Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for a higher proportion of HIV diagnoses than any other risk group in the United States. Given that in NYC MSM younger than 30 years represent a growing proportion of new diagnoses among MSM, we examined differences between MSM by age. METHODS: We analyzed NYC surveillance and partner services (PS) data for MSM newly diagnosed with HIV from January 2007 to December 2008. We compared demographics, HIV-related risk behaviors, and sexual partner characteristics between younger MSM (<30 years old) (YMSM) and MSM ≥30 years old. RESULTS: Three hundred and thirty-six MSM were interviewed for PS (180 YMSM and 156 older MSM). MSM were mostly black or Hispanic (91%). YMSM were more likely than older MSM to report gay sexual identity (70% vs. 58%, P < 0.01), and a recent sexually transmitted infection (29% vs. 15%, P < 0.01). More YMSM named ≥1 male partner for HIV notification (66% vs. 36%, P < 0.01). YMSM were more likely than older MSM to name partners who were 5 or more years older (42% vs. 25%, P < 0.01). More YMSM tested for HIV at least once in the past 2 years than older MSM (66% vs. 40%, P < 0.01). DISCUSSION: Our study has identified important differences in HIV risk behaviors and sexual partnerships between YMSM and older MSM newly diagnosed with HIV. YMSM were more willing to provide the names of male sex partners for the purposes of partner notification than were older MSM, suggesting that PS may be particularly effective at identifying new cases of HIV. SN - 1944-7884 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21857350/Differences_in_risk_behaviors_and_partnership_patterns_between_younger_and_older_men_who_have_sex_with_men_in_New_York_City_ L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0b013e318230e6d9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -