Research Mentor(s): Craig Rodriguez-Seijas, Assistant Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Department of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 3
Although there is significant research on the relationship between substance use and sexual behavior, the existing research typically focuses on heterosexual populations exclusively. Though previous research documents higher use of substances among gay and bisexual, compared with heterosexual, men, less is known about the use of alcohol and other substances specifically within sexual contexts. The goal of the current study was to critically review and synthesize existing research on substance use in sexual contexts and its associations with health outcomes among gay and bisexual men. The study focuses on both sex-related substance use itself, as well as how mental health variables are associated with participation in sex-related substance use. The current study reviews literature on the prevalence of sex-related substance use, mental and physical health outcomes associated with sex-related substance use, as well as attributions about the reasons for engaging in sex-related substance use among gay and bisexual men. Findings from the current review are presented critically, with specific focus on the gaps that still exist within the literature.