New York Times Examines Internet-Based HIV/AIDS, STD Prevention Campaigns Aimed at Men Who Have Sex With Men
October 26, 2004
The New York Times on Tuesday examined Internet-based HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease prevention campaigns aimed at men who have sex with men who meet partners online -- a "popular" practice that might be "fueling the spread" of STDs among MSM. Recent research suggests that MSM who meet partners on the Internet are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behaviors and have a history of STDs, including HIV, according to the Times. A study conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services found that 67% of MSM who met partners online are HIV-positive. They also were three and a half times as likely as other MSM to engage in anonymous sex and twice as likely to use injection drugs. Another study conducted in San Francisco suggested that out of 91 MSM surveyed about their online activities, 39% reported having unprotected anal intercourse with men they met online. Although this trend may be "alarming," some health educators say it gives them an opportunity to distribute prevention and treatment information in "innovative ways," according to the Times.
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