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

Published: Apr 2, 2014

Principal Investigator(s):
Jesus Ramirez-Valles, University of Illinois at Chicago. School of Public Health

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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.

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

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


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.


2003 -- 2004

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.

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.

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.

Respondent-driven sampling, RDS


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


metropolitan area

survey data



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.

2013-10-08 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.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions. Restricted data files are not available for direct download from the website; click on the Restricted Data button to learn more.

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This study is provided by Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD).