Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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This dissertation examined whether racial disparities in HIV/AIDS between African American and Caucasian male street sex workers: MSSWs) existed and, if so, what were the possible reasons for these disparities. African American MSSWs were significantly more likely to report being HIV/AIDS-positive. However, when included in binary logistic models, the relationship between HIV risk factors: of syphilis and sexual assault) and HIV status did not significantly vary between African American and Caucasian MSSWs. Mediation of sexual assault and/or syphilis between race and HIV/AIDS could not be tested due to not meeting the assumptions for mediation. African American MSSWs are over twice as likely to be HIV/AIDS infected when compared to Caucasian MSSWs, but the reasons for these racial disparities in HIV seroprevalence remain unclear. Future research should focus less on individual-level risk factors and more on population-level risk factors when examining HIV seroprevalence in low-income African American men, such as MSSWs. Social work practitioners need to be aware of these potential racial disparities in HIV/AIDS, and should work toward innovative prevention interventions for these men.
Morton, Larry, "Racial Disparities in HIV Seroprevalence Among Male Street Sex Workers" (2010). All Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). 250.