This cross-sectional study sought to determine whether HIV-related interpersonal stigma was associated with the presence of sexual compulsivity (SC) in a national online sample of 936 men who have sex with men (MSM) living with HIV who reported recent suboptimal adherence to their antiretroviral therapy (ART) or virologic non-suppression. A modest association was found between perceptions of HIV-related interpersonal stigma and SC that was partially mediated by current mental health symptoms. White MSM were significantly more likely than Black MSM to report SC or HIV-related interpersonal stigma. Findings signal the need for therapeutic interventions that include behavioral and/or pharmacologic therapy to address overlapping intervention targets, including mental health, substance use, and sexual health. Future research should assess temporality of HIV-related interpersonal stigma and SC, as well as racial differences in relation to these constructs.
Interpersonal stigma, mental health, and sexual compulsivity among an online U.S. sample of men who have sex with men living with HIV