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Tip of the Iceberg: Young Men Who Have Sex With Men, the Internet, and HIV Risk

Garofalo, Robert and Herrick, Amy and Mustanski, Brian S and Donenberg, Geri Rachel (2007) Tip of the Iceberg: Young Men Who Have Sex With Men, the Internet, and HIV Risk. American Journal of Public Health, 97 (6). 1113 - 1117. ISSN 0090-0036

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<jats:p> 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). </jats:p><jats:p> Methods. A sample of 270 young men who have sex with men completed a computer-assisted survey. We used bivariate χ<jats:sup>2</jats:sup> analyses and hierarchical logistic regression to assess factors associated with Internet-facilitated sexual encounters. </jats:p><jats:p> 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 (&gt;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&lt;0.025). </jats:p><jats:p> 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. </jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Garofalo, Robert
Herrick, Amyalh75@pitt.eduALH75
Mustanski, Brian S
Donenberg, Geri Rachel
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for LGBT Health Research
Date: June 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Public Health
Volume: 97
Number: 6
Publisher: American Public Health Association
Page Range: 1113 - 1117
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.2105/ajph.2005.075630
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0090-0036
MeSH Headings: Adolescent; Adult; Chi-Square Distribution; Condoms--utilization; HIV Infections--epidemiology; HIV Infections--transmission; Homosexuality; Humans; Internet; Logistic Models; Male; Risk Factors; Risk-Taking; Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral--epidemiology; Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral--transmission; Unsafe Sex
Other ID: NLM PMC1874202
PubMed Central ID: PMC1874202
PubMed ID: 17463378
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 20:05
Last Modified: 15 May 2022 15:55


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