Differential processes of 'internet' versus 'real life' sexual filtering and contact among men who have sex with men

Shelia R. Rice, Michael W. Ross

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Abstract

We studied the behaviors and sexual contacts in 1,000 Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), and behaviors for main and casual partners, and between Internet and In Real Life (IRL) sexual contacts for non-main partners. Data establish different patterns of MSM courtships and a pattern of partner acquisition. Data indicate the process of filtering, courtship, and/or negotiating for sex (including positioning) is different for Internet-acquired and IRL-acquired partners. There are more steps in the Internet process compared to the IRL processes prior to face-to-face contact, as well as negotiations of risk reduction. Higher levels of risk behavior and specifically anal sex and rimming suggest that the Internet allows for pre-Face-To-Face negotiation of sexual scripts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCyberpsychology
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • HIV risk
  • IRL contact
  • Internet
  • Internet contact
  • Men who have sex with men
  • STI risk
  • Sexual partner
  • Sexual recruitment

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