restricted access Sexual Orientation, Age, and Safe-Sex Practices among Black Males

The present study examined safer sex practices among Black males across age and sexual orientation. Presumptions of higher risky sexual practices undergirding high hiv/aids prevalence and incidence rates among youth and Black men who have sex with men (msm) were explored with a sample of Black males who volunteered for hiv testing at a community health center in the Southeastern part of the United States. Several measures of sexual risk (e.g., condom use, number of partners, and frequency of unprotected sex) revealed no differences regardless of age and sexual orientation among Black males. Contrary to expectations, higher condom use was found among youth compared to older adults with their casual partners and among bisexuals compared to heterosexuals with their steady partners. Results were discussed in terms of the sociocultural implications for hiv/aids prevention intervention and research.