Alcohol use is a key risk factor for HIV infection among MSM, in part because intoxication may interfere with the use of prevention methods like condoms. However, few studies have examined whether this is due to alcohol's pharmacological or expectancy effects. These findings suggest that alcohol's expectancy effects may play a role in sexual decision-making.
Gay and bi men are often inundated with HIV information, potentially to the point of fatigue. This may lead to avoidance of HIV related thoughts. However, these findings suggest that those who tend to avoid HIV-related thoughts may be at increased risk for HIV and alcohol-related problems. Read more about this, here.