Characterizing geosocial-networking use that is app young black colored males who’ve intercourse with guys: A multi-city cross-sectional study into the Southern United States

Characterizing geosocial-networking use that is app young black colored males who’ve intercourse with guys: A multi-city cross-sectional study into the Southern United States

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 how young black colored males who’ve intercourse with guys (YBMSM) when you look at the southern usa meet their intimate lovers is germane to knowing the underlying facets adding to the ongoing HIV transmission in this community. Guys who possess sex with guys (MSM) commonly utilize geosocial networking apps to meet up intimate partners. Nevertheless, there is certainly a not enough literary works checking out geosocial networking software used in this specific population. Goal: Our aim would be to examine the faculties, choices, and habits of a geographically diverse test of geosocial networking app-using YBMSM into the southern united states of america. Practices: information had been gathered from an example of 75 YBMSM across three urban centers (Gulfport, Mississippi; Jackson, Mississippi; and brand New Orleans, Louisiana). Multiple facets of geosocial networking app use were examined, including overall app usage, chronilogical age of participant at very very very first software use, certain apps utilized, reasons for application usage, photos delivered on apps, logon times and length, amount of communications delivered and received, and characteristics of and behaviors with partners met on apps. Survey measures of app-met partner and sexual behavior traits evaluated at midpoint (Day 7) and conclusion visits (Day 14) had been compared using McNemar’s test or Wilcoxon test that is signed-rank. In addition, we evaluated activity areas produced by GPS devices that individuals wore for just two days. Outcomes: for the 70 participants whom taken care of immediately the general app-use product, nearly three-quarters (53/70, 76%) had ever used geosocial networking apps. Jack’d had been the absolute 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 exhibited 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 age that is mean the initiation of application use had been 20.1 years (SD 2.78) which range from 13-26 years. Two-thirds (35/53, 66%) of this test reported utilizing the apps to “kill time” when bored. A minority (9/53, 17%) reported using the apps to meet up with individuals to have sex/hook up with. The great majority of individuals 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 clearly was a significant difference between GPS task areas between software using YBMSM in comparison to nonapp making use of YBMSM (2719.54 kilometer 2 vs 1855.68 kilometer 2 , P= naughty date real.011). Conclusions: Use of geosocial networking apps to meet up intimate lovers among our sample of YBMSM into the United that is southern states typical, with a varied array of software 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 who make use of these apps.


  • Ebony MSM
  • Dating apps
  • avoidance
  • Homosexuality
  • Male
  • Guys that have sex with men
  • Mobile phone apps
  • Cell phones
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  • Health Informatics
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  • In: JMIR mHealth and uHealth , Vol. 6, number 6, e10316, 06.2018.

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

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

    AU – Duncan, Dustin T.

    AU – Park, Su Hyun

    AU – Hambrick, H. 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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