Identity Conflict and Sexual Risk for Black and Latino YMSM

Charisse L’Pree Corsbie-Massay, Lynn C. Miller, John L. Christensen, Paul R. Appleby, Carlos Godoy, Stephen J. Read

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Young (aged 18–30) Black and Latino men who have sex with men are at a higher risk of contracting HIV than their White counterparts. In order to better understand the unique nature of sexual risk-taking, we examined the extent to which ethnic group, ethnic identity, and sexual pride predicted condomless anal sex with casual partners among 161 young men who have sex with men (YMSM) who identify as Black or Latino. Negative binomial regressions were conducted using a cross-sectional design. Sexual pride was a negative predictor of condomless anal sex across all participants, but this effect was moderated by ethnic exploration and ethnic group; the relationship between sexual pride and condomless anal sex was strengthened by greater ethnic exploration among Latino YMSM, and weakened by greater ethnic exploration among Black YMSM. Implications for intersectional identity, identity conflict, and HIV prevention among young gay men of color are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1611-1619
Number of pages9
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017


  • Ethnic identity
  • Gay identity
  • HIV prevention
  • Homophobia
  • Intersectionality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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