Publications from The Center for Sexuality 

and Health Disparities

Social Influence and Uptake of Couples HIV Testing and Counselling in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Matthew J. Johnson, Lynae A. Darbes, Victoria Hosegood, Mallory O. Johnson, Katherine Fritz, Thulani Ngubane, Heidi van Rooyen & Nuala McGrath

AIDS and Behavior
Understanding Willingness to Participate in HIV Biomedical Research: A Mixed Methods Investigation

Ji-Young Lee, Sara M. St. George, Torsten B. Neilands, Allan Rodriguez, Daniel J. Feaster & Adam W. Carrico

AIDS and Behavior
An examination of how e-cigarette/cigarette use during adolescence is associated with future use during the third trimester of pregnancy

Dana C. Beck , PhD, MSN, FNP-BC, Carol J. Boyd , PhD, MSN, Rebecca Evans-Polce , PhD,Sean Esteban McCabe , PhD, MSW & Phil T. Veliz , PhD

Substance Abuse
PrEP Use and Persistence Among Young Sexual Minority Men 17–24 Years Old During the COVID‑19 Pandemic

Chenglin Hong, Keith J. Horvath, Rob Stephenson, Kimberly M. Nelson, Andrew E. Petroll, Jennifer L. Walsh, Steven A. John

AIDS and Behavior
Examining Same-Day Associations Between Cannabis Use Motives and Condom Use in Urban Emerging Adults: A Brief Report

D Angus Clark, Brooke J Arterberry, Maureen A Walton, Rebecca M Cunningham, Jason E Goldstick, Marc A Zimmerman, Alan K Davis, Erin E Bonar

Journal of Studies of alcohol and Drugs

July 2021

Dyadic Infuences on Pre‑exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Use and Attitudes Among Male Couples

Rob Stephenson, Tanaka M. D. Chavanduka, Stephen P. Sullivan, Jason W. Mitchell

AIDS and Behavior
Provider attitudes towards a brief behavioral intervention for sexual health in Moldova

Rob Stephenson, Galina Lesco, Viorel Babii, Andrei Luchian, Nataliia Bakunina, Ana Sofia De Vasconcelos, Karel Blondeel, Carlos F. Cáceres, Renée A. Pitter, Nicholas Metheny, Tamar Goldenberg, James Kiarie and Igor Toskin.

BMC Public Health
COVID-19 Pandemic Optimism and Vaccine Willingness among an Online Sample of US Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men

Rob Stephenson, Stephen P. Sullivan, Renee A. Pitter, Alexis S. Hunter and Tanaka MD Chavanduka


June 2021

Awareness, Utilization, and Preferences for Traditional and Contemporary HIV Prevention Strategies Among Facebook and Instagram-Using MSM in the United States

Akshay Sharma, MBBS, MPH, PhD, Ariana Paredes-Vincent, MPH, and Erin M. Kahle, PhD, MPH

Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (JIAPAC)
Positive and Negative Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Relationship Satisfaction in Male Couples

Alison R. Walsh, Rob Stephenson

American Journal of Men's Health

May 2021

HIV Treatment Cascade and PrEP Care Continuum Among Serodiscordant Male Couples in the United States

Harry Jin, Katie B. Biello, Robert Garofalo, Mark Lurie, Patrick S. Sullivan, Rob Stephenson & Matthew J. Mimiaga

AIDS and Behavior
Better Communication Regarding Sexual Agreements Within Serodiscordant Male Couples Leads to Improved Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence Among the HIV-Positive Partner

Harry Jin, Katie Biello, Robert Garofalo, Mark Lurie, Patrick S. Sullivan, Rob Stephenson & Matthew J. Mimiaga

Archives of Sexual Behavior
Inter-partner Agreement of Condom Use and Sexual Positioning in Male Couples

Alison R. Walsh, Stephen Sullivan, Rob Stephenson

The Journal of Sex Research
Developing and validating the Multidimensional Sexual Identity Stigma Scale among men who have sex with men in South Africa.

Brown, Carolyn A. Sullivan, Patrick S. Stephenson, Rob Baral, Stefan D. Bekker, Linda-Gail Phaswana-Mafuya, Nancy Refilwe Simbayi, Leickness C. Sanchez, Travis Valencia, Rachel K. Zahn, Ryan J. Siegler, Aaron J.

Stigma and Health
Sociodemographic Characteristics of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Use and Reasons for Nonuse Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men from Three US Cities

Krishna Kiran Kota, Gordon Mansergh, Rob Stephenson, Sabina Hirshfield, and Patrick Sullivan

AIDS Patient Care and STDs

April 2021

Intimate Partner Violence Experiences During COVID-19 Among Male Couples

Alison R. Walsh, Stephen Sullivan, Rob Stephenson

Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Are Male Couples Changing Their Sexual Agreements and Behaviors During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Alison R. Walsh, Stephen Sullivan & Rob Stephenson

AIDS and Behavior
Moderate-to-Severe Tobacco Use Disorder and Discrimination Among U.S. Sexual Minority Older Adults

Luisa Kcomt, PhD, Rebecca J Evans-Polce, PhD, Curtiss W Engstrom, BS, Brady T West, PhD, Carol J Boyd, PhD, Sean Esteban McCabe, PhD

The Journal of Gerontology

March 2021

Gender Affirmation as a Source of Resilience for Addressing Stigmatizing Healthcare Experiences of Transgender Youth of Color

Tamar Goldenberg, PhD, MPH, Kristi E Gamarel, PhD, Sari L Reisner, ScD, Laura Jadwin-Cakmak, MPH, Gary W Harper, PhD, MPH

Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Perceptions of Contexts of Intimate Partner Violence Among Young, Partnered Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States

Rob Stephenson, Lynae A. Darbes, Matthew T Rosso, Catherine Washington, Lisa Hightow-Weidman, Patrick Sullivan, Kristi E. Gamarel

Journal of Interpersonal Violence
COVID-19 and the Risk for Increased Intimate Partner Violence Among Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United States

Rob Stephenson, Tanaka M.D. Chavanduka, Matthew T. Rosso, Stephen P. Sullivan, Renée A. Pitter, Alexis S. Hunter, Erin Rogers

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

February 2021

Stronger Together: Results from a Randomized Controlled Efficacy Trial of a Dyadic Intervention to Improve Engagement in HIV Care Among Serodiscordant Male Couples in Three US Cities

Rob Stephenson, Robert Garofalo, Patrick S. Sullivan, Marco A. Hidalgo, Angela R. Bazzi, Samuel Hoehnle, Anna Bratcher, Catherine A. Finneran & Matthew J. Mimiaga

AIDS & Behavior
Disparities in Care Outcomes in Atlanta Between Black and White Men Who Have Sex With Men Living With HIV: Protocol for a Prospective Cohort Study (Engage[men]t)

Patrick Sean Sullivan ;  Jennifer Taussig ;  Mariah Valentine-Graves ;  Nicole Luisi ;  Carlos Del Rio ;  Jeb Jones ;  Greg Millett ;  Eli S Rosenberg ;  Rob Stephenson ;  Colleen Kelley

JMIR Research Protocols
Assessing the Reliability of Self-Reported Sexual Behavior Among Male Couples

Alison R. Walsh & Rob Stephenson

Archives of Sexual Behavior
Time to First Onset of Chest Binding-Related Symptoms in Transgender Youth

Sarah M Peitzmeier, John Silberholz, Ivy H Gardner, Jamie Weinand, Kimberlynn Acevedo

A Couples-Based Intervention (Ghya Bharari Ekatra) for the Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence in India: Pilot Feasibility and Acceptability Study

Ameeta Shivdas Kalokhe ; Sandhya Iyer ; Keshav Gadhe ; Tuman Katendra ; Ambika Kolhe ; Girish Rahane ; Rob Stephenson ; Seema Sahay

JMIR Formative Research

January 2021

Acceptability and Feasibility of a Telehealth Intervention for STI Testing Among Male Couples

Stephen P. Sullivan, Patrick S. Sullivan & Rob Stephenson

AIDS and Behavior
HIV Testing, Knowledge and Willingness to Use PrEP Among Partnered
Men Who Have Sex With Men in South Africa and Namibia

Rob Stephenson, Lynae A. Darbes, Tanaka Chavanduka, Zaynab Essack, Heidi van Rooyen

AIDS and Behavior
Testing strategies for couple engagement in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and family health in Kenya: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Zachary Kwena, Liza Kimbo, Lynae A. Darbes, Abigail M. Hatcher, Anna Helova, George Owino, Harsha Thirumurthy, Elizabeth A. Bukusi, Thomas Braun, Meredith Kilgore, Maria Pisu, Ashutosh Tamhane, Van T. Nghiem, Kawango Agot, Torsten B. Neilands & Janet M. Turan

BMC Springer Nature Trials
Preference for using a variety of future HIV pre‐exposure prophylaxis products among men who have sex with men in three US cities

Gordon Mansergh  Krishna Kiran Kota  Rob Stephenson  Sabina Hirshfield  Patrick Sullivan

Journal of the International AIDS Society
Utilizing Theories and Evaluation in Digital Gaming Interventions to Increase Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among Young Males: Qualitative Study

Gabrielle Darville, MPH, PhD, CHES; Jade Burns, PhD; Tanaka Chavanduka, MPH; Charkarra Anderson-Lewis*, MPH, PhD

JMIR Serious Games
Methods for Authenticating Participants in Fully Web-Based Mobile App Trials from the iReach Project: Cross-sectional Study

Jodie L Guest, MPH, PhD; Elizabeth Adam, MPH; Iaah L Lucas, MPH; Cristian J Chandler, MPH, PhD; Rebecca Filipowicz, MPH, MS; Nicole Luisi, MPH, MS; Laura Gravens, MPH, PMP, MS; Kingsley Leung, MS; Tanaka Chavanduka, MPH; Erin E Bonar, PhD; Jose A Bauermeister, MPH, PhD; Rob Stephenson, MA, MSc, PhD; Patrick S Sullivan, DVM, PhD

JMIR mHealth and uHealth

August 2021