Substance Use and First Same-sex Sexual Experiences (FSSSE) in Young Black Same Gender Loving Adolescents (YBSGLAs)
METHODS: Forty-five YBSGLAs, 15-19 years old, in Baltimore, MD who reported prior FSSSE were recruited to participate in a semi-structured interview from clinics, venue/community-based outreach, Internet and snowball sampling. Interviews were transcribed verbatim, coded independently by two coders, and analyzed using inductive open-coding.
RESULTS: Participant’s mean age 17.9 (SD 1.9). Mean age at first sex 13.8 (SD 2.6). Eighteen percent of participants reported alcohol use, 39% marijuana use, and 16% used both marijuana and alcohol before or during FSSSE. Two themes emerged around substance use with FSSSE. Those who used drugs/alcohol, it functioned to relieve stress and boost sexual drive. Reported effects were categorized into positive: increased sexual excitement/arousal, and enhanced sexual experience and satisfaction; and negative: engaging in unplanned/unprotected sex. Participants who did not report substance use described limited to no function during FSSSE. Reasons for non-use included parental influences and concern for personal health.
CONCLUSIONS: Substance use is often a part of the FSSSE in YBSGLAs. Youth reported that substances enhanced sexual experiences, but also increased risk-taking behaviors. This work highlights the need for substance use management in risk reduction strategies for adolescent boys contemplating FSSSE to reduce HIV-related health disparities in same gender loving men.
Learning Areas:Social and behavioral sciences
Identify the purpose and effects of substance use on first same-sex sexual experiences in Young Black Same Gender Loving Adolescents
Keyword(s): Risk Factors/Assesment, Adolescents
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a Masters in Health Science in Reproductive and Cancer Biology and Certificate in Health Disparities and Health Inequalities from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. My research focuses in on risk taking behavior in African-American gay youth in urban settings. I was actively involved in the formulation, implementation, and analysis of data from this research study. I will be starting coursework towards my MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Fall 2014.
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