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Currently submitted to: JMIR Research Protocols

Date Submitted: Nov 13, 2020
Open Peer Review Period: Nov 13, 2020 - Jan 8, 2021
(currently open for review)

Warning: This is an author submission that is not peer-reviewed or edited. Preprints - unless they show as "accepted" - should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information.

Understanding Patterns of Healthy Aging Among Men Who Have Sex with Men: Study Methods Paper

  • James Egan; 
  • Sabina Haberlen; 
  • Steven Meanley; 
  • Deanna Ware; 
  • Andre L Brown; 
  • Dan Siconolfi; 
  • Mark Brennan-Ing; 
  • Ron Stall; 
  • Michael W Plankey; 
  • M Reuel Friedman; 
  • M Reuel Friedman



With the greying of sexual and gender minority communities and the growing numbers of people over the age of 50 living with HIV, it is increasingly important to understand the psychosocial aspects of aging and aging well.


This paper describes the methods for the Understanding Patterns of Healthy Aging Among Men Who Have Sex With Men.


This observational cohort study is conducted within the Multisite AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) and is designed to explore resiliencies to explain patterns of health and illness among midlife and older MSM. To be eligible a participant had to: (1) be an active participant in the MACS; (2) be at least 40 years old by April 1, 2016; and (3) report any sex with another man since enrollment in the MACS.


Eligible participants (N=1,318) completed 6 biannual surveys between April 2016-April 2019. The mean age of the sample was 59.6 years old (range=40-91). The sample was mostly white, educated, gay-identified and included both HIV-positive (49.8%) and HIV-negative (50.2%) men.


Integrating resiliencies in surveillance applications of syndemics theory is a critical springboard for the development of effective interventions that support healthy aging among older MSM.


Please cite as:

Egan J, Haberlen S, Meanley S, Ware D, Brown AL, Siconolfi D, Brennan-Ing M, Stall R, Plankey MW, Friedman MR, Friedman MR

Understanding Patterns of Healthy Aging Among Men Who Have Sex with Men: Study Methods Paper

JMIR Preprints. 13/11/2020:25750

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.25750


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