Impact of Labor/Occupational Factors On HIV/AIDS Among Behaviorally Bisexual Latino Men in New York City
Methods: We conducted a mixed-methods study (sexual histories and self-administered surveys) with 142 behaviorally bisexual Latino men, aged 18-60, in New York City. Using sex market theory and the literature on structural violence, we compare sexual risk-taking among bisexual men in different sectors of the formal and informal economy including: manual labor, hospitality, and retail/professional.
Results: Data revealed that situational and behavioral sexual risks with male partners was higher among bisexual men in the manual labor sector than among men in other sectors. Unprotected vaginal intercourse (UVI) with alcohol use, and concurrent sex with females was higher among men in the hospitality/service labor sector than among men in other sectors.
Conclusions and Implications: This study found that different labor and occupational types contributed to different contexts of sexual risk-taking and increased vulnerability for HIV/AIDS among behaviorally bisexual Latino men. Implications for how global economic forces, masculinity, and financial and symbolic capital shape sexual risks for bisexual Latino men will be discussed.