Brief Report

AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 1387-1392

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Risky Sex- and Drug-Seeking in a Probability Sample of Men-for-Men Online Bulletin Board Postings

  • Christian GrovAffiliated withDepartment of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY)The Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) Email author 

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There has been limited research on men who have sex with men’s postings in online sex-seeking bulletin boards. This study uses a probability sample of 1,438 advertisements ostensibly posted by men-seeking-men in the New York City section of Ad’s qualitative text were coded for various sex- and drug-seeking behaviors. The proportion of ads seeking unprotected/uninhibited sex (3.0%) and party-n-play (i.e., sex/drug) encounters (4.2%) was low. In contrast, 12.7% of postings specified safe sex encounters, and 17.5% of postings specified that they were “drug and disease free.” Prevalence of certain behaviors varied by time that ads were posted. Implications for health/community service providers are discussed.


Online bulletin boards Sex-seeking HIV risk Party-n-play PnP Unprotected sex Men who have sex with men (MSM) Internet