What interests us? Our research blog highlights the evolving work of the IMPACT team, along with other noteworthy findings in the LGBT health field. We invite you to explore the posts below and visit our Current Research Projects and Publications pages to learn more about the breadth of our research.
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Rural LGB mothers experience challenges in family planning and parental rights, but show resilience in the face of minority stress.
Will getting information on new HIV prevention methods affect how men who have sex with men think and feel about using condoms?
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We discuss what internalized homophobia is, how it is expressed, and how it is related to mental health in LGB people.
Testing Negative Means I’m Lucky, Making Good Choices, or Immune: Diverse Reactions to HIV Test Results Are Associated with Risk Behaviors
Individuals respond differently to negative HIV tests, with some individuals subsequently engaging in increased HIV risk behaviors.
Sexual Orientation Disparities in Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk Behaviors and Risk Determinants among Sexually Active Adolescent Males: Results from a School-Based Sample
Sexual health disparities emerge early in the life course and vary by both sexual orientation identity and sexual behaviors.
Prevalence and Patterns of Smoking, Alcohol Use, and Illicit Drug Use in Young Men Who Have Sex with Men
Patterns and prevalence of substance use young MSM in Chicago were examined; group differences important for interventions were found.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey showed that suicide risk varied based on sex and on race/ethnicity for sexual minority youth.
Effects of Messaging About Multiple Biomedical and Behavioral HIV Prevention Methods on Intentions to use Among US MSM: Results of an Experimental Messaging Study
Does receiving combinations of different HIV prevention messages produce differences in perceived benefits and costs of condom use in MSM?
A new study in the American Journal of Public Health shows that LGB youth report worse school outcomes, likely due to victimization.
Sexual-Orientation Disparities in School: The Mediational Role of Indicators of Victimization in Achievement and Truancy Because of Feeling Unsafe
Study indicates needs for early intervention targeting school victimization.
Associations of Sexually Transmitted Infections with Condom Problems among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men
Associations between sexually transmitted infections and condom errors in YMSM demonstrate the need for educational programs on condom use.
Effect of OPRM1 and Stressful Life Events on Symptoms of Major Depression in African American Adolescents
Study is first to find an interaction between OPRM1 and life stress that is associated with depression in African American adolescents.
Predictors of Co-Occurring Risk Behavior Trajectories Among Economically Disadvantaged African-American Youth: Contextual and Individual Factors
An investigation of contextual and individual factors yielded differences in risk behavior trajectories for low SES African-American youth.
Developmental Change in the Relationship Between Alcohol and Drug Use Before Sex and Sexual Risk Behavior in Young Men Who Have Sex with Men
Found in this longitudinal study was a positive association between alcohol use and sexual risk amongst young men who have sex with men.
Depression and Sexual Dysfunction Among HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Men Who Have Sex With Men: Mediation by Use of Antidepressants and Recreational Stimulants
Model of depression as a predictor of subsequent sexual dysfunction, mediated by antidepressants, stimulant use, and smoking among HIV+ MSM
Stuck in the Middle: Longitudinal HIV-Related Health Disparities among Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women
Study found that men who have sex with men and women were significantly more likely to exhibit negative HIV-related health outcomes and scores.