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A new study published in Sexually Transmitted Infections has examined whether men who have sex with men were more likely to contract sexually transmitted infections using smartphone applications to find potential sexual partners, compared with meeting their partners in person or via specific networking websites.
The growth of the Internet and social networking has led to new opportunities for individuals to interact with each other. This scope has increased further with the rise of the smartphone application (or app) and in particular with geosocial networking (GSN) apps.
A GSN app is one where the location of the user, either submitted by them or found using a global positioning system (GPS), is used to connect local users to events and one another according to their interests.
The first of these GSN apps was Grindr, an all-male app that uses its location-based technologies to link more than 6 million users across 192 countries. In July 2013, Grindr had 2,968,300 registered users in the US.
The researchers set out to determine whether self-identified HIV-negative, MSM clinic attendees who used these GSN apps had an increased likelihood of contracting a sexually transmitted infections (STI), compared with those who met their sexual partners via in-person venues such as bars or clubs, or through MSM-specific networking websites.
Between August 2011 and January 2013, data were collected on 7,184 self-identified HIV-negative MSM attendees of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center for STI screening through face-to-face interviews.
The participants self-reported on their drug use and social networking methods of meeting sexual partners, and the researchers found that:
34% of participants met sexual partners solely in person
30% of participants used a combination of meeting in person and online dating
36% of participants met sexual partners solely using smartphone apps, or these plus other methods.
Full Article – Medical News Today