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. Adjusted for demographic characteristics, online dating had no significant effect on UAI among HIV-negative and HIV status-unaware men, but HIV-positive men were more likely to have UAI with online partners (a OR = 1.65 [95 % CI 1.05–2.57]).Men having sex with men (MSM) frequently use the Internet to find sex partners.MSM were recruited at the Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinic in Amsterdam, in 2008–2009.Included in this analysis were men who reported sexual contact with at least one casual partner dated online as well one casual partner dated offline.
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Participants completed a questionnaire concerning sexual behaviour.
Only men reporting both online and offline casual sex partners were included.
A more recent meta-analysis included several studies examining MSM with both online and offline acquired sex partners and found evidence for an association between UAI and online partners, which would suggest a mediating effect of more information on partners, (including perceived HIV status) on UAI .
With increased familiarity in sexual partnerships, for example by concordant ethnicity, age, lifestyle, HIV status, and increasing sex frequency, the odds for UAI increase as well [14–16].