Social and Sexual Networks and HIV-Risk Behaviors among black MSM
The lecture will present a discussion about the influences of social and sexual networks on HIV-risk behaviors among Black men who have sex with men. In particular, this lecture will explore the reasons why friends, family members, and sex partners may negatively influence HIV-protective behaviors in the Black men who have sex with men. Conversely, this lecture will also examine how social and sexual networks which are proximal, intimate, and relevant could result in increased consistent condom use in this population. Additionally, the presentation will explore how the level of disclosure, vulnerability, and acceptance within the context of intimate relationships may impact HIV-risk behaviors among Black men who have sex with men as well.
Dr. William Smith received his undergraduate degree in medical dietetics from Howard University and master’s degrees in Exercise Physiology and Culture and Human Behavior from the University of Virginia and the California School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Smith received his doctoral degree in Culture and Human Behavior at Alliant International University (formerly, the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, California). Over the past 12 years as an independent consultant and researcher, Dr. Smith has developed a high level of competency in the areas of social- and health-based scientific investigations through conducting comprehensive research and evaluation projects (including data gathering, analyses, syntheses, and interpretation) in HIV, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes prevention and care. Many of these projects have provided opportunities to incorporate both his qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation skills.