Associate Research Scientist, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Étienne Meunier, PhD, is a sociologist studying the sexual cultures and sexual health of sex and gender minorities. Dr. Meunier has published ethnographic, qualitative, and quantitative research on the impact of structural, contextual, and cultural factors on sexuality. He is currently working on NIH-funded studies looking at HIV treatment as prevention, group sex venues, and male sex work. His research on group sex behavior has shown how public health policies in New York City have pushed gay public sex venues (such as bathhouses) into clandestinity, creating new spaces and new forms of social-sexual practices that present both opportunities and challenges for sexual-health promotion. Dr. Meunier has conducted a harm-reduction training program for male sex workers in NYC and is currently coordinating an NIH-funded study exploring the risk-taking behaviors of men who find transactional sex partners online. He has also contributed work on HIV-related, NIH-funded studies with diverse populations including, for instance, HIV-affected heterosexual couples, HIV-positive crack-cocaine users, and heterosexual men and women who find sex partners online.