Characteristics of recently HIV-infected men who use the Internet to find male sex partners and sexual practices with those partners.

TitleCharacteristics of recently HIV-infected men who use the Internet to find male sex partners and sexual practices with those partners.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSmith DM, Drumright LN, Frost SDW, W Cheng S, Espitia S, Daar ES, Little SJ, Gorbach PM
JournalJ Acquir Immune Defic Syndr
Volume43
Issue5
Pagination582-7
Date Published2006 Dec 15
ISSN1525-4135
KeywordsAdult, HIV Infections, Homosexuality, Male, Humans, Internet, Logistic Models, Male, Multivariate Analysis, Risk Assessment, Sexual Behavior
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine (1) characteristics of recently HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM) who find sex partners through the Internet and (2) differences in characteristics of and sexual behaviors practiced with Internet partners as compared to other partner types.

METHODS: From May 2002 to 2005, a computer-assisted self-interview was administered to 194 recently HIV-infected MSM in southern California. MSM who used the Internet to find sex partners were compared with those who did not report Internet use, and partners found from the Internet were compared with those who were found from other venues using chi analyses, t tests, logistic regression, and generalized estimating equations.

RESULTS: Seventy percent of participants reported using the Internet to find partners in the prior 3 months. In multivariate analysis, Internet users as compared to non-Internet users reported higher education levels (some college vs. high school: odds ratio [OR] = 5.04; P < 0.01 and college or greater vs. high school: OR = 9.61; P = 0.01), were more likely to be white (OR = 2.16; P = 0.04), reported more partners in the prior 3 months (OR = 1.05; P = 0.04), were more likely to have had sexual contact with all their last 3 partners after HIV diagnosis (OR = 3.43; P < 0.01), and were more likely to report that all their last 3 partners were HIV-negative (OR = 3.35; P = 0.02), but none were main partners (OR = 2.36; P = 0.02). When compared with partners who were found in other venues, Internet partners were less likely to be main partners (OR = 0.52; P < 0.01) and were more likely to be younger (OR = 0.98; P = 0.05), to be HIV-negative (OR = 1.88; P = 0.02), and to become sex partners after HIV diagnosis (OR = 1.58; P = 0.03).

CONCLUSIONS: The Internet is a popular venue for recently HIV-infected MSM to find partners, many of whom are HIV-negative. Because finding sex partners through the Internet occurs after HIV diagnosis, the Internet could be a valuable target for new HIV prevention strategies.

DOI10.1097/01.qai.0000243100.49899.2a
Alternate JournalJ. Acquir. Immune Defic. Syndr.
PubMed ID17019370
Grant List5K23 AI 055276 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
AI 043638 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
AI 27660 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
AI 27670 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
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AI 57167 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
M01 RR 00425 / RR / NCRR NIH HHS / United States