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AIDS Behav. 2010 Dec;14(6):1371-5. doi: 10.1007/s10461-009-9577-3. Epub 2009 Jun 2.

Internet use and the network composition of people living with HIV/AIDS in an urban area in Peru.

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Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


This study examines the association between Internet use and (1) the number of close ties (people with whom a person is closely acquainted), and (2) the percentage of HIV-positive individuals in the personal network of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) in an urban area of Peru. Ninety-four PLHA responded to a survey; 72% were male, and the average age was 36.65 (SD = 7.92). Internet use was not associated with the number of close ties or with a greater number of close ties who are HIV-positive in one's personal network. Internet use was higher among those with greater than a high school education and females reported more social ties than males.

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