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Exploring the "Bisexual Bridge": A qualitative study of risk behavior and disclosure of same-sex behavior among black bisexual men
American Journal of Public Health (2010)
  • David J Malebranche, Emory University
  • Kim Arriola
  • Tyrrell R Jenkins
  • Emily Dauria
  • Shilpa N Patel
Abstract

Objectives. We explored factors influencing sexual behavior, disclosure of same-sex behavior, and condom-use practices among Black bisexual men. Methods. We conducted semistructured interviews with 38 Black men in Atlanta, Georgia, who reported having had oral, vaginal, or anal sex with both men and women in the prior 6 months. Results. Participants described approaches to disclosure of same-sex behavior as part of a complex decisional balance influenced by both situational and individual factors and ranging from full disclosure to total secrecy. Influences on sexual behavior and condom-use practices included: (1) type of relationship, (2) gender-specific considerations, (3) perceptions of comfort or trust, and (4) fear of disease or pregnancy. Conclusions. Disclosure of same-sex behavior was not a major influence on the sexual behavior and condom-use practices of the Black bisexual men in our study, who demonstrated heterogeneity in approaches to sexual behavior, disclosure of same-sex behavior, and condom-use practices. Additional research is needed to assess the social determinants of sexual risk for this population. Future HIV-prevention efforts should include initiatives to encourage accuracy in risk assessment and in taking sexual histories in clinical settings. (Am J Public Health. 2010;100:159–164. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2008.158725)

Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
David J Malebranche, Kim Arriola, Tyrrell R Jenkins, Emily Dauria, et al.. "Exploring the "Bisexual Bridge": A qualitative study of risk behavior and disclosure of same-sex behavior among black bisexual men" American Journal of Public Health Vol. 100 Iss. 1 (2010)
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