Alcohol and Sexual HIV Risk Behavior Among Problem Drinking Men Who Have Sex With Men: An Event Level Analysis of Timeline Followback Data

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Abstract

While heavy drinking among men who have sex with men (MSM) has been shown to be associated with an increase in sexual risk taking, a temporal relationship between drinking and an increase in subsequent HIV risk behaviors among adult samples has been less obvious. This study used an event level analysis to examine this relationship among HIV negative problem drinking MSM. Within subjects analyses show a higher probability of unprotected anal intercourse after drinking. Post-hoc analyses of within subjects data indicate that drinking increases risk taking when engaging in receptive anal intercourse but not for insertive anal intercourse. Findings from this study support evidence that drinking is a factor that increases risk taking among HIV negative problem drinking MSM, particularly for receptive anal intercourse.

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