Differences in HIV prevention strategies across sexual subcultures: findings from a U.S. nationwide sample

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Dr Phillip W. Schnarrs You're invited to this public seminar as part of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) seminar series, presenting Dr Phillip W. Schnarrs from the University of Texas, Austin, USA

Thursday 26 September 2019 12:00 pm until Thursday 26 September 2019 01:01 pm (Add to calendar)
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Dr Phillip W. Schnarrs
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Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training
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Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBM) are not a homogenous group. In addition to traditional segmentation along race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, many GBM also identify with sexual subcultural communities. Previous research has shown differences across a variety of health outcomes between these sexual subcultural communities. This paper sought to understand differences regarding HIV prevention practices among GBM based on sexual subcultural community identity. The study was conducted in collaboration with Scruff. A total of 23,577 GBM responded to the survey. A Latent Class Analysis identified 6 distinct classes related to sexual subcultural community identification. Significant differences were noted across demographic variables, HIV prevention practices (e.g.,condom use, PrEP, TasP) and condomless anal sex in the past 6 months. Differences in HIV prevention strategies are likely a function of group norms, unique shared experiences among GBM identifying with a particular sexual subculture community, and sociodemographic characteristics associated with these groups. As such, sexual subculture identity should be considered in developing interventions and social marketing campaigns to increase uptake of biomedical HIV prevention tools among GBM. Identifying group norms and shared experiences related to HIV prevention practices among GBM of different sexual subcultures is necessary to understand the role these identities play in lives of GBM, especially as it relates to their sexual health and wellbeing.

Dr. Phillip Schnarrs is a community-based participatory researcher. His research is broadly focused on LGBTQ+ health, specifically the role of resilience, trauma, and identity play in sexual, mental, and behavioral health.


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