Interest in couples-based voluntary hiv counseling and testing in a national U.S. Sample of gay and bisexual men: The role of demographic and HIV risk factors

H. Jonathon Rendina, Aaron S. Breslow, Christian Grov, Ana Ventuneac, Tyrel J. Starks, Jeffrey T. Parsons

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Abstract

Main partnerships represent one context in which HIV transmission may occur that has been insufficiently addressed to date for gay and bisexual men, but few studies have focused on the acceptability of couples-based voluntary HIV counseling and testing (CVCT) for male couples in the U.S. Our aim in this study was to explore the acceptability of CVCT among a national U.S. sample of 1,532 gay and bisexual men surveyed online using a sexual networking site. We examined the role of demographic (i.e.; geographic region, age, relationship status, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity) and HIV risk (i.e.; substance use, number of sexual partners, unprotected anal intercourse, sexual role identity, and sexual compulsivity) factors that may be associated with CVCT among the full sample and among partnered men separately. We found that single men expressed higher interest in CVCT than partnered men and that greater age was more strongly associated with lower interest in CVCT for partnered men than for single men. The intersection of sexual orientation and race/ethnicity was also significantly associated with CVCT interest, with a higher proportion of Black bisexual men being interested than White bisexual men. These findings suggest that the uptake of CVCT may be less impacted by HIV risk factors than by demographic factors and that young gay and bisexual men of color - for whom rates of HIV continue to rise - may be the group with the highest levels of interest in CVCT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-159
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gay and bisexual men
  • Gay couples
  • HIV prevention for couples
  • HIV testing
  • Sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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