Demographic and sexual behavior comparisons of indian and u.s. internet samples of men who have sex with men

Seth Welles, Michael Ross, Swagata Banik, Leslie Fisher, Mary McFarlane, Rachel Kachur, Cornelis Rietmeijer, Donald Allensworth-Davies

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Abstract

Data were collected via the Internet on sexual behaviors of Indian men who have sex with men (MSM; n = 171); these data were compared to online American MSM (n = 682). Among Indian MSM, 51% had never been tested for HIV, 100% believed themselves to be HIV-uninfected, and 22% (secondary Internet male partners) to 43% (primary male partners) reported not using condoms during last anal intercourse. While U.S. MSM were more likely to not use condoms (42% for secondary Internet partners to 67% for primary male partners), most (88%) had been tested for HIV (.0001 ≤ p ≤. 002, all comparisons). Low rates of HIV testing, beliefs about being HIV-uninfected, and significant levels of unsafe anal intercourse could fuel the spread of infection among Indian MSM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-101
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Adult sexuality
  • Bisexuality
  • Homosexuality
  • Internet
  • Sexual attitudes and behaviors

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