Author ORCID Identifier

Dexter R. Voisin

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-22-2018

Abstract

Social-environmental factors may be associated with social network stability, which has implications for HIV acquisition. However, the link between social-environmental factors, network composition and HIV risk has not been examined previously among a city-population based sample of young Black men who have sex with Men (YBMSM). Respondent driven sampling was used to recruit a cohort of 618 YMBSM. Respondents were evaluated at baseline, 9 and 18 months beginning June 2013. A logistic regression model was used to assess the relationship between bridging (i.e. having non-redundant contacts in one’s network, indicating network instability) and social-environmental factors and HIV risk factors between respondents, and a conditional logit model was used to assess these relationships within respondents over time. Bridging was associated with adverse social-environmental factors and higher HIV risk, indicating that bridging may be on the explanatory pathway. Future studies should assess the extent to which network stability factors mitigate HIV risk.

Keywords

African-American, HIV/AIDS, longitudinal analysis, men who have sex with men, resilience, social network analysis, structural factors, youth

Publication Title

AIDS and Behavior

Volume

23

Issue

5

First Page

1326

Last Page

1338

Rights

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018

Comments

This is a peer reviewed Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Springer in AIDS and Behavior, available at: 10.1007/s10461-018-2258-3

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