AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 1905–1913 | Cite as

Online Dating Among Australian Gay and Bisexual Men: Romance or Hooking Up?

  • Garrett PrestageEmail author
  • Benjamin Bavinton
  • Jeffrey Grierson
  • Ian Down
  • Phillip Keen
  • Jack Bradley
  • Duane Duncan
Original Paper


Increasingly, gay and bisexual men (GBM) meet casual sex partners online and this has been associated with sexual risk behavior. How do GBM meet regular partners? This online anonymous survey of 4215 GBM included 2562 men with a primary regular partner (PRP) who were included in these analyses. Mean age of the sample was 38.1 years. 60.3 % had met their PRP at least 2 years earlier. Meeting their PRP online increased from 14.0 % before 2001 to 79.9 % in 2013–2014. At all time points, men who met their PRP online were somewhat older than those who met their PRP offline. Regardless of how they met their PRP, most men met casual sex partners online. Among GBM, meeting sexual and romantic partners online has replaced other methods, for all age groups. The population of GBM who use the internet for this purpose is now equivalent to all sexually active GBM.


HIV Sexual risk Gay men Men who have sex with men Sexuality Sexual behavior Relationships 



This study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. The Kirby Institute is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales. The Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society (ARCSHS) is affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University. The Kirby Institute and ARCSHS receive funding from the Commonwealth of Australia Department of Health and Ageing.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Garrett Prestage
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Benjamin Bavinton
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Grierson
    • 3
  • Ian Down
    • 1
  • Phillip Keen
    • 1
  • Jack Bradley
    • 1
  • Duane Duncan
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Kirby InstituteThe University of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and SocietyLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Anglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK
  4. 4.University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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