Feasibility of Recruiting Nondisclosing Black MSM/W for Drug Use/HIV Research
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: September 2008- August 2011
Principal Investigator: Benoit, Ellen

Black men are six times more likely than White men to be infected with HIV, and Black women are 19 times as likely as White women to be infected with HIV. While there is speculation that Black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) serve as a “bridge” population in facilitating HIV infection among Black women, there has been little research on patterns of their drug use and disclosure of sexual activity to their sexual partners. This project investigated the feasibility of conducting ethnographic research on HIV risk among drug-using Black men who have sex with men and women but do not identify as gay or homosexual and do not disclose their same-sex activity to their female partners.  In addition, the study collected preliminary data on how Black MSMW decide whether and what they disclose about their drug use and sexual practices. This study sought to generate knowledge that can contribute to more effective interventions that may ultimately reduce racial disparities in HIV/AIDS.

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