Characteristics of recently HIV-infected men who use the Internet to find male sex partners and sexual practices with those partners. Smith, D. M., Drumright, L. N., Frost, S. D. W., Cheng, W. S., Espitia, S., Daar, E. S., Little, S. J., & Gorbach, P. M. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999), 43(5):582–587, December, 2006.
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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 \textless 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 \textless 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 \textless 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.
@article{smith_characteristics_2006,
	title = {Characteristics of recently {HIV}-infected men who use the {Internet} to find male sex partners and sexual practices with those partners},
	volume = {43},
	issn = {1525-4135},
	doi = {10.1097/01.qai.0000243100.49899.2a},
	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 {\textless} 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 {\textless} 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 {\textless} 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.},
	language = {eng},
	number = {5},
	journal = {Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999)},
	author = {Smith, Davey M. and Drumright, Lydia N. and Frost, Simon D. W. and Cheng, W. Susan and Espitia, Stephen and Daar, Eric S. and Little, Susan J. and Gorbach, Pamina M.},
	month = dec,
	year = {2006},
	pmid = {17019370},
	keywords = {Adult, HIV Infections, Homosexuality, Male, Humans, Internet, Logistic Models, Male, Multivariate Analysis, Risk Assessment, Sexual Behavior},
	pages = {582--587}
}
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