Sexual abuse and HIV-risk behaviour among black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men in the UK

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519, Lopes, B., Jamal, Z., Paccoud, I. and Sekhon, P., 2017. Sexual abuse and HIV-risk behaviour among black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men in the UK. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 20 (8), pp. 841-853. ISSN 1367-4676

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Abstract

Black and minority ethnic (BME) men who have sex with men (MSM) face a major burden in relation to HIV infection. It was hypothesised that sexual abuse would predict sexual risk-taking, and that this relationship would be mediated by victimisation and maladaptive coping variables. Four hundred and thirty-two BME MSM completed the survey; 54% reported no sexual abuse and 27% reported sexual abuse. Mann–Whitney tests showed that MSM with a history of sexual abuse reported higher frequency of drug use, and of homophobia and racism than those reporting no prior sexual abuse. A structural equation model showed that the experience of sexual abuse was positively associated with sexual risk-taking and that this relationship was mediated by victimisation variables: frequency of racism and frequency of homophobia and by the maladaptive coping variable: frequency of drug use. The findings can inform the design of psycho-sexual and behavioural interventions for BME MSM.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Mental Health, Religion & Culture
Creators: Jaspal, R., Lopes, B., Jamal, Z., Paccoud, I. and Sekhon, P.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2017
Volume: 20
Number: 8
ISSN: 1367-4676
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/13674676.2017.1414170DOI
1314148Other
Rights: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 08 Apr 2020 09:42
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2020 09:42
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39585

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