Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Sexual Risk Behaviors And STDs During Young Men's Transition to Adulthood
These authors investigated the reasons for racial and ethnic differences in STDs among young men during the transition to adulthood. They used data for 1,880 young men (age 15-19 at wave 1) from three waves of the National Survey of Adolescent Males (1988, 1990-1991 and 1995). Multinomial and logistic regression analyses were conducted to test whether racial and ethnic differences in STDs are due to the lower socioeconomic status and higher levels of risky sexual behavior among minority groups. Young black men reported the highest rates of sexual risk and STDs at each wave and across waves. Compared with white males, black and Latino males had higher odds of maintaining high sexual risk and increasing sexual risk over time. In multivariate analyses controlling for socioeconomic characteristics, black men were more likely than white men to have a history of STDs; disparities persisted in analyses controlling for level of risky sexual behavior. The authors discuss the implications for STD preventionprograms. Modified Author Abstract.