Little is known about young men who have sex with men's use of club drugs and the risk factors associated with such use. A structured survey was administered in 2005 to 496 young men who were 18-22 years old (40% were 18-19 years old); self-identified as with a same-sex sexuality (83%), bisexual (16%), and/or had had sex with a man (97%); Caucasian (35%), African American (24%), and Latino of Mexican descent (40%). Subjects were recruited from gay-identified venues in Los Angeles, California, using a venue-based probability sampling design. Descriptive statistics revealed a high prevalence of drug and club drug use. Regression analyses revealed risk factors associated with recent club drug use, including place of residence, religiosity, disclosure of sexuality to family, frequency of attendance at bars/clubs, and involvement in sexual exchange and street economy. Limitations and implications of this research are discussed.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health (R01 DA015638–03). The authors wish to acknowledge the contributions of the many staff members who contributed to this project: Cesar Arauz-Cuadra, Marianne Burns, Julie Carpineto, Bryce McDavitt, Miles McNeeley, and Conor Schaye.
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- Club drugs
- HIV risk
- Risk factors
- YMSM (young men who have sex with men)