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Am J Public Health. 2007 Jun;97(6):1113-7. Epub 2007 Apr 26.

Tip of the Iceberg: young men who have sex with men, the Internet, and HIV risk.

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Adolescent HIV Services, Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill 60613, USA. rgarofalo@childrensmemorial.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the prevalence of Internet use for meeting sexual partners (Internet partners) and HIV risk behaviors associated with this use among young men who have sex with men (aged 16-24 years).

METHODS:

A sample of 270 young men who have sex with men completed a computer-assisted survey. We used bivariate chi(2) analyses and hierarchical logistic regression to assess factors associated with Internet-facilitated sexual encounters.

RESULTS:

Using the Internet to meet sexual partners was common; 48% of our sample had sexual relations with a partner they met online. Of these, only 53% used condoms consistently, and 47% reported having sexual partners older (>4 years) than themselves. Regression analyses showed increased age, White race/ethnicity, history of unprotected anal intercourse, multiple anal intercourse partners, and engaging in sexual activity at a sex club or a bathhouse were associated with meeting sexual partners through the Internet. Only history of unprotected anal intercourse was associated with risky sexual behaviors with Internet partners (P<0.025).

CONCLUSIONS:

Young men who have sex with men and who seek partners online also engage in other behaviors that place them at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

PMID:
17463378
PMCID:
PMC1874202
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2005.075630
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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