Technological tearoom trade: Characteristics of Swedish men visiting gay internet chat rooms

Ronny Tikkanen, Michael W. Ross

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Abstract

This study compares differences among Swedish men who never, occasionally, and frequently use Internet sexual chat rooms. The data indicate that Internet sexual chat room users are significantly different from those who never visit chat rooms. The users were younger, more likely to live at home or with a female partner, bisexual, less open about their homosexuality, less likely to be members of gay organizations, and more likely to engage in unprotected anal intercourse with casual partners. The Internet might be a mean's of approximating homosexual contact. These data suggest that the Internet may be a useful place to reach younger and bisexual men, and those who make sexual assignations, with HIV/STD preventive messages, often before they have publicly come out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-132
Number of pages11
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003

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