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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

Substance Use and HIV Risk Behavior Among Gay Men

This study examines global and situational relationships between substance use and sexual HIV risk behavior among gay men. It was expected that substance users would be more likely to report HIV risk behavior and sexual episodes that included substance use. In addition quantity, frequency, and choice of substances used in the last month compared with those used in the sexual episode were examined. Self-report surveys were distributed at the gay pride parade in Buffalo, NY. Results indicated that the relationship between alcohol use and risk over the last year did not reach significance, whereas the relationship between other drug use and risk behavior was significant. These findings were consistent with the review by Leigh and Stall (1993), suggesting that global relationships between substance use and risk have been stronger than situational and event-level relationships.

Presenter: Reginald Clark (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Health Science
Location: 219 Hartwell
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)