Comparing gay and bisexual men on sexual 383-397 behavior, condom use, and psychosocial variables related to HIV/AIDS

Joseph P. Stokes, Peter Vanable, David J. McKirnan

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Abstract

Interviews were conducted with 750 men, recruited from a variety of sources in Chicago, who reported sex with men in the past 3 years. Behavioral criteria were used to establish groups of gay and bisexual men. We predicted that gay men, compared to bisexual men, would report more male sexual partners, more experience with receptive sex, and more tolerant attitudes toward homosexuality. The only reliable difference between the gay and bisexual men with respect to number of partners was that gay men were more likely to have had a steady male pantner or lover. Gay men were more likely than bisexual men to have engaged in receptive sex, including unprotected receptive anal sex. Bisexual men were more self-homophobic and saw other people as less accepting of same-sex activity. There were no differences between gay and bisexual men in other psychosocial variables. Interventions designed to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS need to consider differences in gay and bisexual men's sexual behavior and attitudes toward homosexual behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-397
Number of pages15
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 12 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Bisexual
  • Condom use
  • Gay
  • HIV
  • Sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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