Publications from The Center for Sexuality 

and Health Disparities

March 2022

Effects of the Waya Intervention on Marital Satisfaction and HIV Risk Behaviors in Western Kenya: A Pre–Post Study Design

Zachary Arochi Kwena, Elizabeth A. Bukusi, Janet M. Turan, Lynae Darbes, Carey Farquhar, Catherine Makokha & Jared M. Baeten

Archives of Sexual Behavior

February 2022

Racial residential segregation, neighborhood disorder, and racial discrimination among black pregnant women

Emily Dove-Medows PhD, CNM,Dawn P. Misra MHS, PhD,Lindsey McCracken,Carmen Giurgescu PhD, RN, WHNP, FAAN

Public Health Nursing
Behavioral Efficacy of a Sexual Health Mobile App for Men Who Have Sex With Men: Randomized Controlled Trial of Mobile Messaging for Men

Patrick Sean Sullivan, DVM, PhD; Rob Stephenson, PhD; Sabina Hirshfield, PhD; Cyra Christina Mehta, MSPH, PhD; Ryan Zahn, MSPH, MBA; Jose A Bauermeister, MPH, PhD; Keith Horvath, PhD; Mary Ann Chiasson, DrPH; Deborah Gelaude, MA; Shelby Mullin, MPH; Martin J Downing Jr, PhD; Evelyn Jolene Olansky, MPH; Sarah Wiatrek, MPH; Erin Q Rogers, MPH; Eli Rosenberg, PhD; Aaron J Siegler, MPH, PhD; Gordon Mansergh, PhD

JMIR

January 2022

Intimate Partner Violence and Preferences for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Modes of Delivery Among A Sample of Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men

Rob Stephenson, Erin Rogers, Gordon Mansergh, Sabina Hirshfield & Patrick Sullivan

AIDS and Behavior
Are We Still Having Sex? Results of Round Two of the Love and Sex in the Time of COVID Survey with Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men

Rob Stephenson, Stephen P. Sullivan, Renée A. Pitter, Alexis S. Hunter & Tanaka M. D. Chavanduka

AIDS and Behavior
Correlates of Substance Misuse, Transactional Sex, and Depressive Symptomatology Among Partnered Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in South Africa and Namibia

Nicholas Metheny, Rob Stephenson, Lynae A. Darbes, Tanaka M. D. Chavanduka, Zaynab Essack & Heidi van Rooyen

AIDS and Behavior

December 2021

Media representation, perception and stigmatisation of race, sexuality and HIV among young black gay and bisexual men

Gregory Sallabank, Natalie A Blackburn, Megan Threats, Deren V Pulley, Megan C Barry, Sara LeGrand, Gary W Harper, José A Bauermeister, Lisa B Hightow-Weidman, Kathryn E Muessig

Culture, Health and Sexuality
Relationship, partner factors and stigma are associated with safer conception information, motivation, and behavioral skills among women living with HIV in Botswana

Sarah A. Gutin, Gary W. Harper, Neo Moshashane, Kehumile Ramontshonyana, Rob Stephenson, Starley B. Shade, Jane Harries, Okeoma Mmeje, Doreen Ramogola-Masire & Chelsea Morroni

BMC Public Health
Seroadaptive Strategy Patterns of Young Black Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men in Atlanta, Georgia

Mann, Laura M. MPH; Kelley, Colleen F. MD, MPH; Siegler, Aaron J. PhD; Stephenson, Rob PhD, MSc; Sullivan, Patrick S. PhD, DVM

JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Comparing Social Media and In-Person Recruitment: Lessons Learned From Recruiting Substance-Using, Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescents and Young Adults for a Randomized Control Trial

Jayelin N Parker, Alexis S Hunter, Jose A Bauermeister, Erin E Bonar, Adam Carrico, Rob Stephenson

JMIR Public Health Surveillance

November 2021

A full-factorial randomized controlled trial of adjunct couples HIV testing and counseling components addressing drug use and communication skills among sexual minority male couples

Tyrel J. Starks, Kory D. Kyre, Christine B. Cowles, Juan Castiblanco, Catherine Washington, Jayelin N. Parker, Erin M. Kahle & Rob Stephenson

BMC Public Health
Partner Support and Communication for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Use Among Male Couples

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

Archives of Sexual Behavior
COVID-19-Related Disruptions to HIV Testing and Prevention Among Young Sexual Minority Men 17–24 Years Old: A Qualitative Study Using Synchronous Online Focus Groups, April–September 2020

Juan Pablo Zapata, Madeline Dang, Katherine G. Quinn, Keith J. Horvath, Rob Stephenson, Julia Dickson-Gomez & Steven A. John

Archives of Sexual Behavior
Brief intervention to prevent HIV, STI and unintended pregnancies: preliminary results of a feasibility study from the perspective of healthcare providers in Peru

Jean Pierre Jiron, Clara Sandoval, Juan Carlos Enciso, Ana Sofía De Vasconcelos, Karel Blondeel, Nataliia Bakunina, Galina Lesco, Igor Toskin, Rob Stephenson & Carlos F. Caceres

BMC Health Services Research
Implementation and evaluation of the ‘Transgender Education for Affirmative and Competent HIV and Healthcare (TEACHH)’ provider education pilot

Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, Carmen H. Logie, Yasmeen Persad, Gabrielle Leblanc, Kelendria Nation, Hannah Kia, Ayden I. Scheim, Tara Lyons, Chavisa Horemans, Ronke Olawale & Mona Loutfy

BMC Medical Education

October 2021

Constructing a web-based health directory for adolescent men who have sex with men: Strategies for development and resource verification

Ryan Drab, James R Wolfe, Tanaka Chavanduka, Erin E Bonar, Jodie L Guest, Lisa Hightow-Weidman, Amanda D Castel, Keith J Horvath, Patrick S Sullivan, Rob Stephenson, José Bauermeister

Journal of Community Psychology
Mapping LGBTQ+ Youth Resource Density Across Four High HIV
Prevalence Corridors in the US

Gregory Sallabank, Tanaka M. D. Chavanduka, Alison R. Walsh, Patrick Sullivan, James Wolfe, Rebecca Filipowicz, Erin E. Bonar, Keith J. Horvath, Benyam Hailu, José Bauermeister & Rob Stephenson

Sexuality Research and Social Policy
Race-Based Medical Mistrust, HIV-Related Stigma, and ART Adherence in a Diverse Sample of Men Who Have Sex with Men with HIV

Stephanie A. Meyers-Pantele, Patrick Sullivan, Gordon Mansergh, Sabina Hirshfield, Rob Stephenson & Keith J. Horvath

AIDS and Behavior
Development and Validation of the Couple Sexual Satisfaction Scale for HIV and Sexual Health Research

Amy A. Conroy, Allison Ruark, Torsten B. Neilands, Lynae A. Darbes, Mallory O. Johnson, Judy Y. Tan & James Mkandawire

Archives of Sexual Behavior

September 2021

Neighborhoods, Racism, Stress, and Preterm Birth Among African American Women: A Review

Giurgescu C. , Misra D.P., Slaughter-Acey J.C. , Gillespie S.L. , Nowak A.L. , Dove-Medows E., Engeland C.G.,  Zenk S.N.8, Lydic T.A., Sealy-Jefferson S., Ford J., Drury S., and Stemmer P.

Western Journal of Nursing Research
Seroadaptive Strategy Patterns of Young Black Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men in Atlanta, Georgia

Mann, Laura M. MPH; Kelley, Colleen F. MD, MPH; Siegler, Aaron J. PhD; Stephenson, Rob PhD, MSc; Sullivan, Patrick S. PhD, DVM

JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Widespread closure of HIV prevention and care services places youth at higher risk
during the COVID-19 pandemic

Rob Stephenson, Alison R. Walsh, Tanaka M. D. Chavanduka, Gregory Sallabank, Keith J. Horvath, Amanda D. Castel, Erin E. Bonar, Lisa Hightow-Weidman, Jose A. Bauermeister, Patrick S. Sullivan.

PLOS One

August 2021

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
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

Vaccines

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

Pediatrics
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