AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 261–272 | Cite as

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

  • José A. Bauermeister
  • Matthew Leslie-Santana
  • Michelle Marie Johns
  • Emily Pingel
  • Anna Eisenberg
Original Paper

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

Internet HIV Young men who have sex with men Hooking up Dating Partners 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • José A. Bauermeister
    • 1
  • Matthew Leslie-Santana
    • 1
  • Michelle Marie Johns
    • 1
  • Emily Pingel
    • 1
  • Anna Eisenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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