Epidemiology of sexual health in the virtual environment: A multinational online survey of Spanish- and portuguese-speaking men who use an internet sexual networking site

Katie B. Biello, Joshua G. Rosenberger, David S. Novak, Angela M. Robertson, Kenneth H. Mayer, Matthew J. Mimiaga

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Abstract

There is limited data on the sexual health of users of sexual networking websites for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Latin America. Members of a MSM-targeted social/sexual networking website in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal participated in an online sexual health survey. Among 36,063 respondents, nearly 90 % reported having anal or vaginal intercourse in the past 3 months. Among sexually active men, 53.2 % used condoms inconsistently. In the past year, 54 % of respondents reported undergoing sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing and 67 % reported testing yearly or more often for HIV. Self-reported HIV prevalence was 9.1 %. Differences were seen by geographic region. Unprotected intercourse with partners of different or unknown HIV status was associated with recent STI diagnosis (OR = 1.83, t = 13.15, d.f. = 21, p <.001) and HIV diagnosis (OR = 2.20, t = 14.00, d.f. = 21, p <.001). Online surveys are a promising tool for HIV/STI surveillance and prevention internationally to reach an important subset of MSM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1675-1685
Number of pages11
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume18
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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