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Alex Carballo-Dieguez

In: AIDS, Identity, and Community: The HIV Epidemic and Lesbians and Gay Men

Chapter 6: The Sexual Identity and Behavior of Puerto Rican Men who have Sex with Men

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The Sexual Identity and Behavior of Puerto Rican Men who have Sex with Men
The sexual identity and behavior of Puerto Rican men who have sex with men
AlexCarballo-Dieguez

Scientific inquiry seldom focuses on the sexual identity and behavior of Latin American ancestry men who have sex with men (MSM). This is problematic because the AIDS epidemic is quickly spreading among these men (Diaz, Buehler, Castro, & Ward, 1993). Without sufficient knowledge about their sexuality, prevention efforts will remain severely hampered.

The sparse scientific literature available underscores the importance of taking cultural factors into account in the development and implementation of prevention strategies. For example, Carrier (1976, 1989) stated that Mexican MSM make an important distinction between activos, those who play the anal insertive role, and pasivos, the ...

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