The amount of sex partners in the preceding 6months of the index was likewise connected with UAI (OR = 6.79 95 % CI 2.86-16.13 for those with 50 or more recent sex partners compared to those with fewer than 5 recent sex partners). UAI was significantly more likely if more sex acts had occurred in the venture (OR = 16.29 95 % CI 7.07-37.52 for >10 sex acts within the partnership compared to only one sex act). Casual Encounters closest to Beverly Hills New South Wales. Other factors significantly associated with UAI were group sex within the venture, and sex-related multiple drug use within partnership.
In multivariate model 3 (Tables 4 and 5 ), also including variants concerning sexual behavior in the partnership (sex-associated multiple drug use, sex frequency and partner type), the separate effect of online dating location on UAI became somewhat more powerful (though not critical) for the HIV-positive guys (aOR = 1.62 95 % CI; 0.96-2.72), but remained similar for HIV-negative men (aOR = 0.94 95 % CI 0.59-1.48). The effect of online dating on UAI became more powerful (and important) for HIV-oblivious guys (aOR = 2.55 95 % CI 1.11-5.86) (Table 5 ).
In univariate analysis, UAI was significantly more prone to happen in online than in offline ventures (OR = 1.36 95 % CI 1.03-1.81) (Table 4 ). The self-perceived HIV status of the participant was firmly connected with UAI (OR = 11.70 95 % CI 7.40-18.45). The impact of dating place on UAI differed by HIV status, as can be seen best in Table 5 Table 5 shows the association of online dating using three different reference classes, one for each HIV status. Among HIV-positive guys, UAI was more common in online compared to offline ventures (OR = 1.61 95 % CI 1.03-2.50). Among HIV negative guys no association was evident between UAI and online partnerships (OR = 1.07 95 % CI 0.71-1.62). Among HIV-unaware men, UAI was more common in online in comparison to offline ventures, though not statistically significant (OR = 1.65 95 % CI 0.79-3.44).
Features of on-line and offline partners and ventures are revealed in Table 2 The median age of the partners was 34years (IQR 28-40). Compared to offline partners, more on-line partners were Dutch (61.3% vs. 54.0%; P 0.001) and were defined as a known partner (77.7% vs. 54.4%; P 0.001). The HIV status of online partners was more often reported as known (61.4% vs. 49.4%; P 0.001), and in on-line partnerships, perceived HIV concordance was higher (49.0% vs. 39.8%; P 0.001). Participants reported that their online partners more often knew the HIV status of the participant than offline partners (38.8% vs. 27.2%; P 0.001). Participants more often reported multiple sexual contacts with online partners (50.9% vs. 41.3%; P 0.001). Sex-related substance use, alcohol use, and group sex were less frequently reported with online partners.
To be able to examine the potential mediating effect of more info on partners (including perceived HIV status) on UAI, we developed three variant models. In model 1, we adjusted the organization between online/offline dating place and UAI for characteristics of the participant: age, ethnicity, number of sex partners in the preceding 6months, and self-perceived HIV status. In model 2 we added the venture features (age difference, ethnic concordance, lifestyle concordance, and HIV concordance). In model 3, we adjusted also for venture sexual risk behavior (i.e., sex-associated drug use and sex frequency) and partnership type (i.e., casual or anonymous). As we assumed a differential effect of dating place for HIV-positive, HIV negative and HIV status unknown MSM, an interaction between HIV status of the participant and dating place was contained in all three models by making a new six-class variable. For clarity, the effects of online/offline dating on UAI are also presented individually for HIV-negative, HIV positive, and HIV-unaware men. We performed a sensitivity analysis confined to partnerships in which just one sexual contact occurred. Statistical significance was defined as P 0.05. No adjustments for multiple comparisons were made, in order not to miss potentially significant organizations. As a rather big number of statistical evaluations were done and reported, this strategy does lead to a higher risk of one or more false-positive organizations. Investigations were done utilizing the statistical programme STATA, version 13 (STATA Intercooled, College Station, TX, USA).
Before the evaluations we developed a directed acyclic graph (DAG) representing a causal model of UAI. Casual encounters near me Beverly Hills, New South Wales. In this model some variants were putative causes (self-reported HIV status; online partner acquisition), others were considered as confounders (participants' age, participants' ethnicity, and no. of male sex partners in preceding 6months), and some were supposed to be on the causal pathway between the principal exposure of interest and results (age difference between participant and partner; ethnic concordance; concordance in life styles; HIV concordance; partnership kind; sex frequency within venture; group sex with partner; sex-related substance use in partnership).
We compared characteristics of participants by self-reported HIV status (using 2-evaluations for dichotomous and categorical variables and using rank sum test for continuous variables). We compared features of participants, partners, and venture sexual behaviour by on-line or offline partnership, and calculated P values predicated on logistic regression with robust standard errors, accounting for related data. Continuous variables (i.e., age, number of sex partners) are reported as medians with an interquartile range (IQR), and were categorised for inclusion in multivariate models. Random effects logistic regression models were used to analyze the association between dating location (online versus offline) and UAI. Likelihood ratio tests were used to evaluate the importance of a variable in a model.
In order to explore possible disclosure of HIV status we additionally asked the participant whether the casual sex partner understood the HIV status of the participant, with the response alternatives: (1) no, (2) potentially, (3) yes. Sexual conduct with each partner was dichotomised as: (1) no anal intercourse or just shielded anal intercourse, and (2) unprotected anal intercourse. To ascertain the subculture, we asked whether the participant characterised himself or his partners as belonging to at least one of the subsequent subcultures/lifestyles: casual, formal, alternative, drag, leather, military, sports, trendy, punk/skinhead, rubber/lycra, gothic, bear, jeans, skater, or, if none of these features were appropriate, other. Concordant lifestyle was categorised as: (1) concordant; (2) discordant. Chance partner sort was categorised by the participants into (1) known traceable and (2) anonymous partners.
HIV status of the participant was got by asking the question 'Do you understand whether you're HIV infected?', with five response options: (1) I 'm definitely not HIV-contaminated; (2) I think that I am not HIV-contaminated; (3) I do not know; (4) I think I may be HIV-contaminated; (5) I know for sure that I 'm HIV-contaminated. We categorised this into HIV-negative (1,2), unknown (3), and HIV positive (4,5) status. The questionnaire enquired about the HIV status of every sex partner with the question: 'Do you know whether this partner is HIV-contaminated?' with similar reply choices as above. Casual encounters near Beverly Hills New South Wales, Australia. Perceived concordance in HIV status within ventures was categorised as; (1) concordant; (2) discordant; (3) unknown. The last category represents all partnerships where the participant did not know his own status, or the status of his partner, or both. In this study the HIV status of the participant is self-reported and self-perceived. The HIV status of the sexual partner is as perceived by the participant.
Participants completed a standardised anonymous survey during their trip to the STI outpatient clinic while waiting for preliminary evaluation results after their consultation with a nurse or physician. The questionnaire elicited information on socio-demographics and HIV status of the participant, the three most recent partners in the preceding six months, and data on sexual behaviour with those partners. A thorough description of the study design and also the survey is supplied elsewhere 15 , 18 Our chief determinant of interest, dating location (e.g., the name of a pub, park, club, or the name of a website) was obtained for every partner, and categorised into online (websites), and offline (physical sites) dating locations. To simplify the terminology of differentiating the partners per dating location, we refer to them as online or offline partners.
We used data from a cross-sectional study focusing on spread of STI via sexual networks 15 Between July 2008 and August 2009 MSM were recruited from the STI outpatient clinic of the Public Health Service of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Men were eligible for participation if they reported sexual contact with men during the six months preceding the STI consultation, they were at least 18years old, and may comprehend written Dutch or English. Individuals could participate more than once, if subsequent visits to the practice were related to a potential new STI episode. Participants were regularly screened for STI/HIV according to the standard procedures of the STI outpatient clinic 15 , 17 The study was accepted by the medical ethics committee of the Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam (MEC 07/181), and written informed consent was obtained from each participant. Contained in this evaluation were guys who reported sexual contact with at least one casual partner dated online as well one casual partner dated offline.
With increased acquaintance in sexual partnerships, for example by concordant ethnicity, age, lifestyle, HIV status, and raising sex frequency, the odds for UAI increase as well 14 - 16 We compared the incidence of UAI in online acquired casual partnerships to that in offline acquired casual partnerships among MSM who reported both on-line and offline casual partners in the preceding six months. We hypothesised that MSM who date sex partners both online and offline, report more UAI with the casual partners they date online, and that this effect is partly clarified through better understanding of partner characteristics, including HIV status.
A meta-evaluation in 2006 found limited evidence that acquiring a sex partner online increases the risk of unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) 3 Many previous studies compared guys with internet partners to guys with offline partners. Yet, guys preferring online dating might differ in a variety of unmeasured regards from guys preferring offline dating, resulting in incomparable behavioural profiles. A more recent meta-analysis contained several studies analyzing MSM with both online and also offline acquired sex partners and found evidence for an association between UAI and on-line partners, which may imply a mediating effect of more information on partners, (including perceived HIV status) on UAI 13 Casual Encounters in Beverly Hills NSW.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) often make use of the Web to locate sex partners. Several research have revealed that MSM are more prone to engage in unprotected anal intercourse with sex partners they meet through the Internet (on-line) than with partners they meet at social sites (offline) 1 - 3 This implies that men who get partners online may be at a higher risk for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV 4 - 6 Although higher rates of UAI are reported with internet partners, the danger of HIV transmission also depends on accurate knowledge of one's own and the sex partners' HIV status 7 - 10
Five hundred seventy-seven men (351 HIV negative, 153 HIV positive, and 73 HIV-unaware) reported UAI in 26% of 878 online, and 23% of 903 offline casual partnerships. The crude OR of online dating for UAI was 1.36 (95 % CI 1.03-1.81). HIV-positive men were more likely to report UAI than HIV negative men (49% vs. 28% of partnerships). Fixed for demographic characteristics, online dating had no significant effect on UAI among HIV negative and HIV status-oblivious men, but HIV positive men were more likely to have UAI with on-line partners (aOR = 1.65 95 % CI 1.05-2.57). After correction for associate and partnership characteristics the effect of online/offline dating on UAI among HIV positive MSM was reduced and no longer essential.
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