Sexual identity, same-sex partners and risk behaviour among a community-based sample of young people in Australia

Anna L Bowring, Alyce Vella, Louisa Degenhardt, Margaret Elena Hellard, Megan Su Cheng Lim

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Abstract

Background: Young people who are same-sex attracted report higher rates of substance use, sexual risk behaviour, and mental health problems. Numerous studies have shown that sexual identity, sexual behaviour and sexual attraction do not always correspond, particularly among young people. We describe sexual identity, sexual partners, and associations between sexual identity and risk in a community-based sample of young people. Methods: From 2011 to 2013, young people (16-29 years) were recruited at a music festival in Melbourne, Australia to self-complete a questionnaire. We describe sexual identity and gender of anal/vaginal sex partners in the past year. Secondly, we assess associations between risk behaviours, health outcomes and gay/lesbian/bisexual/queer/questioning (GLBQQ)-identity using multivariable logistic regression. Results: Among 3793 (91 ) participants with complete data, 115 (9 ) males and 266 (11 ) females were GLBQQ-identifying.Among GLBQQ-identifying males, 23 reported only same-sex partners, 34 reported both sex partners, 26 reported only opposite-sex partners, 5 reported no sex partners in the past year, and 12 had never had sex.Among GLBQQ-identifying females, 10 reported only same-sex partners, 22 reported both sex partners, 48 reported only opposite-sex partners, 3 reported no sex partners in the past year, and 17 had never had sex.Controlling for age and sex, significant (. p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153 - 161
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Drug Policy
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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