Use of geosocial networking (GSN) mobile phone applications to find men for sex by men who have sex with men (MSM) in Washington, DC

Gregory Phillips*, Manya Magnus, Irene Kuo, Anthony Rawls, James Peterson, Yujiang Jia, Jenevieve Opoku, Alan E. Greenberg

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Current advances have added geosocial networking (GSN) mobile phone applications as an option for men who have sex with men (MSM) to meet other men. This is the first study to assess GSN application use and sex-seeking behaviors of MSM recruited using venue-based sampling. Among the 379 MSM in this study, 63.6 % reported using GSN applications to find men in the past year. Nearly one-quarter of MSM had sex with a man met using a GSN application in the prior year; these men were more likely to be under 35 years old and have had sex with a man met on the Internet; they were also less likely to be HIV-positive and have <5 male sex partners in the last year. GSN applications are a viable option for use in sampling and delivering interventions to young MSM who are often missed through other methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1630-1637
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume18
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • GSN applications
  • HIV/AIDS
  • MSM
  • Social networking
  • UAI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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