In 2013, 74 Ocean State residents were newly diagnosed with HIV.Three in five were gay, bisexual, or other MSM, and of those 43 people, 22 told researchers they believe a man they met online gave them the virus, according to the study published online in the journal ."This is one of the first studies to document how common Internet site use is among people newly diagnosed with HIV and highlights important opportunities to partner with hookup sites to advance public health." Five sites and apps, some of which are also used by women, were the most popular: Grindr, Manhunt, Scruff, Adam4Adam and Craigslist. Philip Chan, assistant professor of medicine in the Alpert Medical School and director of at the STD Clinic at The Miriam Hospital, said the widely used sites are part of the lifestyle and culture among many gay and bisexual men and can lead to lasting relationships, not just health risks.The goal of the research, therefore, is not to stigmatize sex or men who use the sites, he and Nunn said, but to instead to inspire partnerships with companies to include more information that could slow the spread of HIV.It is natural so reclaim your youth and try striking up a relationship, whether romantic or just friendship, with a younger lady!For women, you might prefer the company of an older experienced man. Perhaps you don't connect with men of your own age.This summer, many theaters will be showcasing a live stream Jimmy Buffet concert, which in 2014 doesn’t seem to fit, but does the drive-in belong in the age of i Pads and 3-D printing? Because the drive-in’s quaint nature is no more than it advertises.The biggest event to happen to the drive-in industry, switching to digital, is advertised on dated websites with glittery backdrops that remind you of an early America Online profile. In its simplicity, affordable tickets bring communities together on sticky summer nights and that’s a rarity today.
For instance, sites and apps could provide affordable advertising access to help prevent infection in communities that are most impacted by HIV.
"On these online hookup sites, many young MSM are meeting sex partners.
It's really an under recognized and under utilized approach we should be using to reach out to and engage this group." To date, public health officials have struggled to sustain informational campaigns on sites and apps that charge for advertising, either because they have no discounts for non-profits or don't discount enough, Chan said.
"A study like this is an urgent call to action for greater collaboration around education to address the health needs of men who have sex with men.
The rate of new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men represents an unacceptable health disparity that absolutely must be addressed." Seeking public health partnership "Across the U. we are seeing MSM as the number one risk group for HIV infection," Chan added.
"Prevention messaging is a vital tool in our work to prevent new HIV transmissions in Rhode Island," said study co-author Dr.