AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 1387–1392

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

Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-009-9661-8

Cite this article as:
Grov, C. AIDS Behav (2010) 14: 1387. doi:10.1007/s10461-009-9661-8

Abstract

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 Craigslist.org. 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.

Keywords

Online bulletin boardsSex-seekingHIV riskParty-n-playPnPUnprotected sexMen who have sex with men (MSM)Internet

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Brooklyn CollegeCity University of New York (CUNY)BrooklynUSA
  2. 2.The Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST)New YorkUSA