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Dustin T. Duncan , Su Hyun Park, H. Rhodes Hambrick, Derek T. Dangerfield, William C. Goedel, Russell Brewer, Ofole Mgbako, Joseph Lindsey, Seann D. Regan, Demarc A. Hickson

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Background: Understanding where and exactly how young black colored males who’ve intercourse with males (YBMSM) when you look at the southern united states of america meet their intimate lovers is germane to comprehending the underlying facets causing the ongoing HIV transmission in this community. Guys that have intercourse with males (MSM) commonly utilize geosocial networking apps to meet up with partners that are sexual. But, there clearly was deficiencies in literary works checking out geosocial networking software used in this specific population. Goal: Our aim would be to examine the traits, choices, and actions of a geographically diverse test of geosocial networking app-using YBMSM into the United that is southern states. Practices: information had been gathered from a sample of 75 YBMSM across three metropolitan areas (Gulfport, Mississippi; Jackson, Mississippi; and brand New Orleans, Louisiana). Numerous facets of geosocial networking app use had been examined, including overall use that is app chronilogical age of participant at very very first software use, certain apps utilized, reasons for software usage, photos delivered on apps, logon times and timeframe, amount of communications sent and gotten, and characteristics of and behaviors with partners came across on apps. Survey measures of app-met partner and intimate behavior traits evaluated at midpoint (Day 7) and conclusion visits (Day 14) had been contrasted utilizing McNemar??™s test or Wilcoxon signed-rank test. In addition, we evaluated activity areas produced from GPS products that individuals wore for just two months. Results: associated with the 70 individuals whom taken care of immediately the general app-use product, nearly three-quarters (53/70, 76%) had ever used geosocial networking apps. Jack??™d ended up being probably the most widely used networking that is geosocial (37/53, 70%), accompanied by Adam4Adam (22/53, 42%), and Grindr (19/53, 36%). The mean and number that is median of utilized had been 4.3 (SD 2.7) and 4.0 (range 0-13), correspondingly. Most app-using participants displayed their face in the profile photo (35/52, 67%), whereas less exhibited their legs that are bare2/52, 4%) or bare buttocks (or ass; 2/52, 4%). The mean age at the initiation of application use was 20.1 years (SD 2.78) including 13-26 years. Two-thirds (35/53, 66%) associated with the test reported with the apps to ???kill time??? when bored. A minority (9/53, 17%) reported with the apps to generally meet visitors to have sex/hook up with. The majority that is vast of reported fulfilling black colored lovers for intercourse. Over two-thirds (36/53, 68%) stated that the HIV status of the app-met lovers had been negative, and 26% (14/53) stated that they would not understand their partner??™s HIV status. There was clearly a difference that is significant GPS task areas between software utilizing YBMSM in comparison to nonapp making use of YBMSM (2719.54 kilometer 2 vs 1855.68 kilometer 2 , P=.011). Conclusions: Use of geosocial networking apps to meet up with intimate lovers among our test of YBMSM into the United that is southern states typical, with a diverse array of application use behaviors being reported. Further research should characterize the relationship between geosocial networking application use and engagement in intimate habits that increase danger for HIV purchase and transmission. In addition, geosocial networking apps provide a promising platform for HIV prevention interventions focusing on YBMSM whom utilize these apps.

Keywords

  • Black MSM
  • Dating apps
  • avoidance
  • Homosexuality
  • Male
  • Guys who possess intercourse with males
  • Mobile phone apps
  • Cellphones
  • ASJC Scopus areas that are subject

  • Health Informatics
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  • In: JMIR uHealth and mHealt , Vol. 6, # 6, e10316, 06.2018.

    Research output : Contribution to journal ??? Article

    T1 – Characterizing geosocial-networking software use among young men that are black have sexual intercourse with males

    T2 – A multi-city cross-sectional survey in the Southern usa

    AU – Duncan, Dustin T.

    AU – Park, Su Hyun

    AU – Hambrick, H. uniform dating sign up Rhodes

    AU – Dangerfield, Derek T.

    AU – Goedel, William C.

    AU – Brewer, Russell

    AU – Mgbako, Ofole

    AU – Lindsey, Joseph

    AU – Regan, Seann D.

    AU – Hickson, Demarc The.

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