TITLE

AN EXPLORATION OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR AND SELF-DEFINITION IN A COHORT OF MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN

AUTHOR(S)
Engler, Kim; Otis, Joanne; Alary, Michel; Mâsse, Benoît; Remis, Robert S.; Girard, Marie-Eve; Vincelette, Jean; Turmel, Bruno; Lavoie, René; Le Clerc, Roger
PUB. DATE
September 2005
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2005, Vol. 14 Issue 3/4, p87
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A measure of sexual activity (homosexual vs. bisexual) and a measure of sexual identification (homosexual/gay vs. bisexual) were combined to classify men who have sex with men (MSM) for HIV research. Using polytomous logistic regression analyses, gay-defined homosexually active men (GDHA; n=994) were compared with three groups: bisexually defined bisexually active (BDBA; n=83), bisexually defined homosexually active men (BDHA; n=47), and gay-defined bisexually active men (GDBA; n=25). Over an 18-month period, differences were observed between the bisexual groups and the GDHA in some socio-demographic characteristics, sexual practices, partners, venues used for sex, and in trading sex. The bisexually defined groups also showed increased odds of injection drug use. These exploratory analyses identified a constellation of practices that distinguished each group from the GDHA and are suggestive of distinct risk contexts. Future research should examine in greater detail the intersections between male bisexuality, trading sex and drug use as well as the role of discrepancies between identity and behaviour in HIV risk.
ACCESSION #
20486223

 

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