Characterizing geosocial-networking app usage among young black colored males who possess intercourse with males: A multi-city cross-sectional study when you look at the Southern United States

Characterizing geosocial-networking app usage among young black colored males who possess intercourse with males: A multi-city cross-sectional study when you look at 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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Abstract

Background: Understanding where and just how young black colored males who possess intercourse with males (YBMSM) within the United that is southern states their intimate lovers is germane to comprehending the underlying facets leading to the ongoing HIV transmission in this community. Men that have intercourse with guys (MSM) commonly utilize geosocial networking apps to meet up partners that are sexual. Nevertheless, there clearly was too little literature checking out geosocial networking software used in this population that is particular. Goal: Our aim would be to examine the faculties, preferences, and actions of a geographically diverse test of geosocial networking app-using YBMSM into the United that is southern states. Techniques: information were collected from an example of 75 YBMSM across three metropolitan areas (Gulfport, Mississippi; Jackson, Mississippi; and brand New Orleans, Louisiana). Numerous areas of geosocial networking app use had been examined, including overall use that is app chronilogical age of participant at first application use, particular apps utilized, reasons for application usage, photos provided on apps, logon times and length, wide range of communications delivered and received, and characteristics of and behaviors with partners came across on apps. Survey measures of app-met partner and intimate behavior traits examined at midpoint (Day 7) and conclusion visits (Day 14) had been contrasted making use of McNemar’s test or Wilcoxon signed-rank test. In addition, we assessed activity areas based on GPS products that individuals wore for just two days. outcomes: regarding the 70 individuals who taken care of immediately the app-use that is overall, nearly three-quarters (53/70, 76%) had ever utilized geosocial networking apps. Jack’d had been 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 median amount of apps utilized had been 4.3 (SD 2.7) and 4.0 (range 0-13), correspondingly. Most app-using participants exhibited their face regarding the profile image (35/52, 67%), whereas less exhibited their bare feet (2/52, 4%) or bare buttocks (or ass; 2/52, 4%). The age that is mean the initiation of software 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 with the apps to meet up with individuals to have sex/hook up with. The majority that is vast of reported fulfilling black colored lovers for sex. 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 didn’t understand their partner’s HIV status. There clearly was a difference that is significant GPS task areas between software making use of 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 intimate lovers among our test of YBMSM within the southern united states of america ended up being typical, with a diverse array of app 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.

Keywords

  • Ebony MSM
  • Dating apps
  • avoidance
  • Homosexuality
  • Male
  • Guys that have intercourse with males
  • Cellphone apps
  • Smart phones
  • ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Wellness Informatics
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  • In: JMIR mHealth and uHealth , Vol. 6, # 6, e10316, 06.2018.

    Research production : Contribution to journal › Article

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

    T2 – A multi-city survey that is cross-sectional the Southern United States

    AU – Duncan, Dustin T.

    AU naughtydate review – 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.

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