Using Structural Equation Modeling to Identify Predictors of Sexual Behaviors Among Hispanic Men Who Have Sex with Men

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Amber Vermeesch, Associate Professor of Nursing (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at an increased risk of contracting HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) because of participation in high-risk sexual behaviors.1 High-risk sexual behaviors include sexual activity without condoms, anal intercourse, or sexual behaviors under the influence of drugs and alcohol.1 Participation in high-risk sexual behaviors places MSM of all ages, races, and ethnicities at risk for HIV and STIs, but Hispanic MSM are at a particular risk of HIV infection related to a number of factors including behavioral, cultural, social, and socioeconomic factors affecting Hispanic MSM.2 The rate of new cases of HIV infection among Hispanic MSM (27.7/100,000) was nearly triple the rate of new cases of HIV infection among White MSM (9.2/100,000); nearly 60% of all new infections of HIV are among Hispanic MSM.2A number of research studies have been conducted on the sexual behaviors of the general population of MSM, but less is known about the predictors of sexual behaviors among Hispanic MSM. Drawing on the available research knowledge base of the general population of MSM and research with Hispanic MSM when available, a review of the literature was conducted before study development to identify variables to include in this study.

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Nursing Clinics of North America
Language: English
Date: 2011
Hispanics, sexual behaviors, structural equation modeling

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