Evidence of hiv transmission risk in barebacking men-who-have-sex-with-men: Cases from the internet

Alvin G. Dawson, Michael W. Ross, Doug Henry, Anne Freeman

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Abstract

The purpose of this ethnographic study was to conduct an exploratory research investigation examining the phenomenon of bare-backing among men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) on the Internet. The researchers selected a case sample of 100 MSM advertisers on an Internet bareback sex site to assess HIV transmission risk as related to HIV serostatus, partner selection, and sexual risk-taking. The data suggest that while intentionally seeking to transmit or contract HIV was extremely rare, a small proportion of advertisers appeared to be relatively indifferent to HIV transmission. However, the great majority of advertisers for bareback sex appeared to practice “sero-sorting” or sero-concordant behavior by HIV status with potential sexual partners as a strategy to minimize HIV transmission risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy
Volume9
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 21 2005

Keywords

  • Aids
  • Anal sex
  • Barebacking
  • Bisexual men
  • Gay men
  • Hiv
  • Homosexuality
  • Internet
  • Men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM)
  • Safer sex
  • Sero-sorting
  • Seroconcordant
  • Serodiscordant
  • Sti

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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