Bisexual identities and attractions are seldom discussed in HIV research, despite the fact that bi individuals might be facing significant health disparities. In this article, the authors harmonized and pooled data from three Internet-based, HIV-focused studies of men who have sex with men (MSM) and, given the complexities of categorizing bisexuality and limitations of the existing samples examined, the authors decided to use bi attraction to identify bi men. The authors found that between 21.8% and 35% of participants in the three samples were bi-attracted. Bi-attracted MSM were significantly younger, more likely to be Black in two out of the three samples, less likely to be out, and more likely to experience internalized homonegativity. There was lower HIV prevalence among bi-attracted MSM when compared to homo-attracted MSM in this sample, but this could be related to the significantly lower levels of HIV testing we found amongst bi-attracted MSM. We hope that these findings will spur on more research in these areas.
- Bisexual men
- Men who have sex with men (MSM)