Sex Parties Among Young Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men in New York City: Attendance and Behavior

Published: January 3, 2012

Little is known about sex party behaviors in young men who have sex with men, often defined as the 13- to 29-year-age-range. "The current analysis examines sex party attendance and behavior in a sample of 540 emergent adult gay, bisexual, and other YMSM in New York City, ages 18-29 years," the authors wrote.

Among respondents, 47 YMSM (8.7 percent) had attended a sex party three months prior to assessment. Attendees reported that parties included both HIV-positive and -negative men; they also reported unprotected sex and limited access to condoms and lubricant.

Compared with those who did not attend sex parties, those who did reported significantly more lifetime and recent (last three months) casual sex partners, drug use (both in number of different drugs used and total lifetime use), psychosocial burden (history of partner violence and number of arrests), and total syndemic burden (a composite of unprotected anal sex, drug use, and psychosocial burden).

"These results indicate that while only a small percentage of the overall sample attended sex parties, the intersection of both individual risk factors coupled with risk factors engendered within the sex party environment itself has the potential to be a catalyst in the proliferation of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in urban settings," concluded the authors.

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