AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 261–272

Mr. Right and Mr. Right Now: Romantic and Casual Partner-Seeking Online Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men

Authors

    • Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of Michigan
  • Matthew Leslie-Santana
    • Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of Michigan
  • Michelle Marie Johns
    • Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of Michigan
  • Emily Pingel
    • Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of Michigan
  • Anna Eisenberg
    • Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of Michigan
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-010-9834-5

Cite this article as:
Bauermeister, J.A., Leslie-Santana, M., Johns, M.M. et al. AIDS Behav (2011) 15: 261. doi:10.1007/s10461-010-9834-5

Abstract

Dating is a normative behavior for youth, yet few studies have examined the relationship between romantic partner-seeking and sexual behavior among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). This omission is most notable across studies examining YMSM’s partner-seeking behaviors online. In this study, we examined the relationship between sexual behaviors and online partner-seeking behaviors for casual and romantic partners in a sample of YMSM (N = 431; M = 21.49 years old, SD = 1.94) who reported using the Internet to meet other men. Using analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), we found YMSM in the High Romantic/High Casual group had more unprotected partners than YMSM in other categories. YMSM in the High Romantic/Low Casual group had fewer unprotected partners than the High Romantic/High Casual group. We discuss the implications of our findings and conclude that there is a need to further examine romantic partner-seeking among YMSM.

Keywords

InternetHIVYoung men who have sex with menHooking upDatingPartners

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