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Characteristics of Recently HIV-Infected Men Who Use the Internet to Find Male Sex Partners and Sexual Practices With Those Partners

December 13, 2006

In the current study, investigators examined the characteristics and sexual behaviors of recently HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM) who find partners through the Internet compared with other MSM who do not.

A computer-assisted self-interview was administered to 194 recently infected MSM in Southern California between May 2002 and 2005. MSM who utilized the Internet to find sex partners were compared with those reporting no Internet use to find partners, and sex partners were compared. Comparisons were made using chi-square analyses, t tests, logistic regression and generalized estimating equations.

Among respondents, 70 percent reported using the Internet to find partners within the previous three months. In multivariate analysis, Internet users were more likely to report higher education levels (some college vs. high school: odds ratio [OR]=5.04; PWhen compared to partners found in other venues, Internet partners were less apt to be main partners (OR=0.52; P"The Internet is a popular venue for recently HIV-infected MSM to find partners, many of whom are HIV-negative," concluded researchers. "Because finding sex partners through the Internet occurs after HIV diagnosis, the Internet could be a valuable target for new HIV prevention strategies."

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Adapted from:
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
12.15.2006; Vol. 43; No. 5; P. 582-587; Davey M. Smith, M.D., M.A.S.; Lydia N. Drumright, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Simon D.W. Frost, D.Phil.; W. Susan Cheng, M.P.H.; Stephen Espitia, M.S.; Eric S. Daar, M.D.; Susan J. Little, M.D.; Pamina M. Gorbach, M.H.S., Dr.PH.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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