Sexual Sensation Seeking, Alcohol Use, and Risky Sexual Behavior Among Men Who Have Sex with Men

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Kimberly Gorgens

Second Advisor

Fernand Lubuguin

Third Advisor

Brett T. Hagman


HIV, Quantitative research, Behavior CBT, Sexual sensation seeking, Alcohol, MSM


Men who have sex with men (MSM) remain most at risk for developing HIV infection. The best prevention in this population is to identify risk factors associated with unprotected sex. Recent research suggests that sexual sensation seeking (SSS) and level of average drinking moderates the relationship between drinking alcohol in the context of sex and risky sexual behavior in a young MSM population (ages 16-20). Current study is an exploratory analysis using multilevel modeling to examine if these results are consistent across a MSM population with a wider range of ages who are also heavy drinkers. Participants (n = 181) included MSM (ages 18-75 years) from a longitudinal clinical research trial. Results indicate that MSM with higher SSS were more likely to have unprotected anal sex if they drank alcohol 3 hours prior to sex than those who did not, (OR = 1.07; 95% CI: 1.03 – 1.12). There was no significant interaction effect for average levels of drinking.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


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