National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program

Latino MSM Community Involvement: HIV Protective Effects (ICPSR 34385)

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The purpose of this study was to contribute to the conceptual understanding and practical application of social integration theory to health behaviors. The research aimed to investigate the protective effects of community involvement in HIV/AIDS and gay-related organizations for HIV/AIDS sexual risk behavior among Latino gay or bisexual men and transgender individuals in Chicago and San Francisco. As part of this, the study examined HIV prevalence and the socioeconomic correlates of HIV infection, sexual risk behaviors, and substance use. Further, the study tested whether community involvement in AIDS and LGBT organizations moderated the relationship of racial and homosexual stigma to sexual risk behavior. Data were collected from a sample of 643 individuals (Chicago: n=320; San Francisco: n=323) through respondent-driven sampling and computer-assisted self-administered interviews. Demographic variables included ethnic identification, sexual identification, ZIP code (only available in restricted use data), country of birth, years in the United States, employment status, income, family religion, age, and health/STD status.

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  • One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the data. A login is required to apply for access. (How to apply.)

    Public and restricted versions of the data are included in this collection. Due to the sensitive nature of the restricted data, users will need to complete a Restricted Data Use Agreement before they can obtain the restricted version. These forms can be accessed on the download page associated with this dataset.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Public Use Data - Download All Files (12.8 MB)
DS2:  Restricted Use Data
No downloadable data files available.
DS3:  Restricted Use Supplemental Volunteer Data
No downloadable data files available.
DS4:  Restricted Use Coupon Code Data
No downloadable data files available.

Study Description


Ramirez-Valles, Jesus. Latino MSM Community Involvement: HIV Protective Effects. ICPSR34385-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research[distributor], 2014-04-02.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health (grant MH62937-01)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   AIDS, community involvement, disease, disease prevention, drug use, gay community, Hispanic or Latino Americans, HIV, identity, prejudice, racial tensions, relatives, religion, self esteem, sexual behavior, social identity, social integration, suicide, transgender, volunteers

Smallest Geographic Unit:   state

Geographic Coverage:   California, Chicago, Illinois, San Francisco, United States

Time Period:  

  • 2004

Date of Collection:  

  • 2003--2004

Unit of Observation:   individual, metropolitan area

Universe:   Latino gay or bisexual men and transgender individuals in Chicago and San Francisco

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Part 3 (Supplemental Volunteer Data) was created by ICPSR as a restricted subset of the original data and includes the names of the various organizations where respondents have engaged in volunteer activities. Due to the high level of indirect identifiers in both the variables and the responses this data is only available for download after successfully completing a Restricted Data Use Agreement.

Part 3 (Supplemental Volunteer Data) can be merged with the public or restricted use data sets (parts 1 and 2 respectively) using the CASEID variable.


Study Purpose:   The purpose of this research was to collect information about Latino gay or bisexual men's, or transgender persons', experiences in their communities, community organizations, sexual behaviors, and substance use. This information will increase the understanding of Latino gay or bisexual men's, or transgender persons' lives, and may help develop effective HIV prevention programs for this community.

Sample:   Respondent-driven sampling, RDS

Time Method:   Cross-sectional

Mode of Data Collection:   computer-assisted self interview (CASI)

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2014-04-02 Coupon code variables have been added as a stand alone dataset (ICPSR part 0004) that can be merged with any other part of this study using the CASEID variable. This data will be restricted use only and users will need to complete a restricted data use agreement before gaining access to this data.

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DS1: Public Use Data

Q270 Most Latinos are involved in gangs and crime
Q270 Most Latinos are involved in gangs and crime.
Q240 People believe Latinos more violent/likely to commit crime than whites
Q240 Many people believe that Latinos are more violent or more likely to commit a crime than white people.
Q90@3 Causes volunteered for: Victims of crime, violence or abuse
Q90@3 Please mark those causes for which you have ever been a volunteer (mark all that apply): Victims of crime, violence or abuse
Q267 Latinos to blame for high crime rates in US
Q267 Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements: Latinos are to blame for high crime rates in the U.S.
Q90a3 Hours spent volunteering P12M: victims-crime, violence, abuse
Q90a3 In the last 12 months, how many hours per year have you spent volunteering for this cause?: victims-crime, violence, abuse


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