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IMPACT Publication: HIV and Young Men Who Have Sex with Men


Posted on April 11th, 2011 by Dr. Mustanski in Featured, Research Blog. No Comments

In 2011, IMPACT team researchers Dr. Brian Mustanski, Michael Newcomb, Steve Du Bois, Steve Garcia, and our colleague Dr. Christian Grov published an article describing the current research on HIV among young gay men, bisexual men, and other young men who have sex with men.  The article reviews research on epidemiology, risk and protective factors, and existing interventions and remains highly relevant.

Publishers of the Journal of Sex Research have agreed to offer this article free to everyone. Click the link below to download the publication.

Mustanski, B. S., Newcomb, M. E., Du Bois, S. N., Garcia, S. C., & Grov, C. (2011). HIV in Young Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Review of Epidemiology, Risk and Protective Factors, and Interventions. Annual Review of Sex Research Special Issue.  Journal of Sex Research, 48, 218-253.

Abstract
Epidemiological studies have found that young men who have sex with men (YMSM) represent the majority of young people infected with HIV annually in the United States. Further, they are one of the few risk groups to show an increase in the rate of infections in recent years. In addition to these disparities in prevalence and infection rates, there is an inequity in prevention and intervention research on this population. The purpose of this article is to review the existing YMSM literature on HIV epidemiology, correlates of risk, and intervention research. The article concludes that promising future directions for basic research include a focus on multiple clustering health issues, processes that promote resiliency, the role of family influences, and the development of parsimonious models of risk. In terms of intervention research, the article suggests that promising future directions include Internet-based intervention delivery, integration of biomedical and behavioral approaches, and interventions that go beyond the individual level to address partnership, structural, community, and network factors.

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