AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 1870–1884 | Cite as

Inter-partner and Temporal Variations in the Perception of Sexual Risk for HIV

  • Tamar Goldenberg
  • Lynae A. Darbes
  • Rob Stephenson
Original Paper


This study uses longitudinal qualitative methods to examine how gay and bisexual men perceive sexual risk across both a variety of partners and across time. Over ten weeks, participants completed three quantitative personal relationship diaries (PRD) describing sexual encounters during that time period. Participants then completed a timeline-based individual in-depth interview to unpack the PRD data. Participants used multiple factors to determine their own sexual risk (e.g., type of sex, partner concurrency, emotional connections), which often resulted in inconsistencies in defining sexual risk and determining the level of risk both within and across partners and across time. These findings can inform HIV prevention messages and programming.


Longitudinal Risk perceptions Sexual risk HIV MSM 


Este estudio usa métodos longitudinales y cualitativos para examinar como hombres homosexuales y bisexuales perciben los riesgos sexuales a través tanto de la variedad de parejas como através del tiempo. Por diez semanas, los participantes completaron tres diarios cuantitativos sobre sus relaciones personales describiendo sus encuentros sexuales durante este periodo de tiempo. Después, para explicar los datos del diario, los participantes completaron una entrevista individual profunda basada en una linea de tiempo. Los participantes usaron factores multiples para determinar su proprio riesgo sexual (por ejemplo, el tipo de sexo, la concurrencia de la pareja y conexiones emocionales), que frecuentemente resultaban en inconsistencias para definir el riesgo sexual y determinar el nivel de riesgo tanto dentro y entre parejas y atraves del tiempo. Estos resultados pueden ayudar a crear mensajes y programas para la prevención de VIH.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tamar Goldenberg
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lynae A. Darbes
    • 2
    • 3
  • Rob Stephenson
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Center for Sexuality & Health DisparitiesUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, School of NursingUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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