A Preliminary Study of Body Image and HIV Sexual Risk Behavior in Black Gay and Bisexual Men: Implications for HIV Prevention
Nearly three decades since the onset of the AIDS epidemic, Black gay and bisexual men (BGBM) experience increasingly disproportionate rates of HIV and AIDS in the United States. While studies have demonstrated that gay men are at an increased risk for body dissatisfaction as compared to heterosexual men, HIV prevention research has given little attention to the relationship between their body image and HIV sexual risk behavior. Therefore, in this exploratory study, the authors examined the extent to which body image predicts HIV sexual risk behavior in a community-based sample of 481 BGBM in the New York metropolitan area. Multivariable analyses demonstrated that men with a negative body image were less likely to use condoms during anal intercourse with a male sexual partner as compared to those respondents with a positive body image. These findings have implications for prevention efforts and research related to HIV sexual risk behavior among BGBM. Modified Author Abstract.