Numerous studies have documented a relationship between masculine norms and men's HIV-related sexual behaviors, but intervening upon this relationship requires a nuanced understanding of the specific aspects of masculine norms that shape men's sexual behaviors.
We integrate theories on masculinities with empirical HIV research to identify specific dimensions of masculine norms that influence men's HIV-related sexual behaviors. We identify three major dimensions of masculine norms that shape men's sexual behavior:
- uncontrollable male sex drive,
- capacity to perform sexually, and
- power over others.
Addressing these gaps in future research may optimize prevention efforts.
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- 1Division of Global Public Health, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive MC 0507, La Jolla, CA, 92093, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
- 3Center for AIDS Research, Prevention Sciences & Epidemiology Core, Atlanta, GA, USA.
- 4Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
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