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Social Support, Loneliness, Depressive Symptoms, and High-Risk Sexual Behaviors of Middle-Aged Hispanic Men Who Have Sex With Men

Valdes, Beatriz, PhD, RN, CHSE*; Gattamorta, Karina, PhD; Jones, Sande Gracia, PhD, ARNP, ACRN, ACNS-BC, FAAN; Fenkl, Eric A., PhD, RN, CNE; De Santis, Joseph P., PhD, ARNP, ACRN, FAAN

Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: January-February 2019 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - p 98–110
doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000002
Research Article

Middle-aged and older Hispanic men who have sex with men (HMSM) are at risk of health disparities related to HIV infection risk. This study explored the effects of social support, loneliness, depressive symptoms, and sexual risk behaviors on middle-aged and older HMSM, which may result in HIV infection. A sample of 150 South Floridian HMSM, ages 40–65 years, completed instruments that measured social support, loneliness, depressive symptoms, and sexual behaviors. Participants who engaged in sex with a person living with HIV or unknown HIV status or those who had unprotected receptive anal sex reported decreased social support and higher levels of loneliness and depressive symptoms. Results of this study highlight the importance of addressing the intersection of mental health and sexual risk behaviors of middle-aged and older HMSM when developing behavioral interventions aimed at reducing sexual risk behaviors.

Beatriz Valdes, PhD, RN, CHSE, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA. Karina Gattamorta, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA. Sande Gracia Jones, PhD, ARNP, ACRN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is a Professor, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA. Eric A. Fenkl, PhD, RN, CNE, is an Associate Professor, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA. Joseph P. De Santis, PhD, ARNP, ACRN, FAAN, is an Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA.

Corresponding author: Beatriz Valdes, e-mail: b.valdes2@miami.edu

Sponsorships or competing interests that may be relevant to content are disclosed at the end of this article.

© 2019 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
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