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HIV, social networks and sex seeking behaviors of men who have sex with men

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AAIN Jayasekara ,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, AU
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SD Dharmarathne,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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DACL Dalugama,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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KMGAN Dias,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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WMSNK Nawaratna

Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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Abstract

Background: The Internet has been identified as a newly emerging risk environment for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Internet, dating sites and other web based community networks are becoming popular for seeking sexual partners in Sri Lanka.

Objective: To identify the behavioral pattern of MSMs who seek their sexual partners through internet.

Method Four hundred Sri Lankan MSMs recruited by systematic sampling method, completed a selfadministered questionnaire online, accessed through internet chat rooms and profiles on social networks.

Results: The sample was predominantly young and the mean age was 26.2 years (95%CI=25.1-26.9). They had mean number of 8.9 (SD=21.1) non regular encounters with partners who were contacted through the Internet and 12.7 (SD=2.5) regular encounters during the previous year and 67% of them had sexual intercourse with female partners. 9.1% (95%CI=3.2- 10.7) reported symptoms of STI.

Conclusion: The partners on the Internet were engaged in high risk sexual encounters. The Internet provides a great opportunity to understand the current trends and enables health promotion among this hidden population.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljv.v3i1.5409

Sri Lanka Journal of Venereology Vol.3(1) 2012 pp.29-32

Keywords: HIV social networks 
How to Cite: Jayasekara, A. et al., (2013). HIV, social networks and sex seeking behaviors of men who have sex with men. Sri Lanka Journal of Venereology. 3(1), pp.29–32. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljv.v3i1.5409
Published on 10 Apr 2013.
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