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Child Abuse Negl. 1995 May;19(5):595-605.

Association between history of childhood sexual abuse and adult HIV-risk sexual behavior in Puerto Rican men who have sex with men.

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New York State Psychiatric Institute, NY 10032, USA.


This study explored whether homosexually active men who were sexually abused in childhood were more likely to engage in HIV-risk sexual behavior than men who were not sexually abused. Participants were 182 adult men of Puerto Rican ancestry living in New York City who had had sex with other men or with men and women. Quantitative and qualitative methods of exploration were used. Three groups were determined: (a) Abuse group (AB), formed by men who before age 13, had sex with a partner at least 4 years their senior and who felt hurt by the experience and/or were unwilling to participate in it; (b) Willing/not hurt group (W), consisting of men who had an older sexual partner before age 13 but did not feel hurt by the experience and were willing to participate; and (c) No-older-partner group (NOP). The results showed that men in the AB group were significantly more likely than men in the NOP group to engage in receptive anal sex and to do so without protection. Men in the W group were ranked between the other two groups in terms of their unsafe behavior. Age and education were cofactors both for receptive anal sex and for unprotected receptive anal sex. It is concluded that given the need to improve HIV prevention among Puerto Rican men who have sex with men, sexual abuse in childhood may constitute a marker to identify men at increased risk.

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