They just aren’t sitting around waiting to be asked out.And if you haven’t found them yet, you might not be looking hard enough.
They also noted that many of those newly diagnosed in Rhode Island were actually far along in the course of the disease. “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," said Alexander-Scott, director of the state Health Department.
Nunn said these men could potentially have been unknowingly transmitting HIV to others for a long time, including partners they met online. Nicole Alexander-Scott, the state's health director, along with Caitlin Towey, Joanna Poceta, Jennifer Rose, Thomas Bertrand, Dr. "The rate of new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men represents an unacceptable health disparity that absolutely must be addressed.” The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
“This is a statewide study that included nearly all individuals newly diagnosed with HIV across an entire state.
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,” study co-author Amy Nunn, associate professor of public health and medicine at Brown University and director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, said in a news release." Dr.
So many new cases of HIV infection in Rhode Island are linked to men meeting men through hook-up sites, according to new research, that the study's authors are calling on the sites to do more to help prevent the spread of the sexually transmitted disease.
Three of every 10 new cases of HIV in Rhode Island in 2013 likely resulted from sexual encounters facilitated by online sites, according to the study published on Friday in the journal Public Health Reports.
For the study, researchers were able to interview 70 of the 74 people newly diagnosed with HIV in 2013.
With the number of new diagnoses of HIV having climbed in 2014 to 97 cases -- and most of those again involving men having sex with men -- the need to address hook-up sites is even more imperative, the study authors said.
Acknowledging that the dating sites can also lead to lasting relationships, he and Nunn said their research is intended not to stigmatize the sites or men who have sex with men, but to encourage the sites to promote HIV prevention instead of leaving that role to public health agencies and non-profits.
“One of the challenges this study highlights is that it's prohibitively expensive for many organizations who focus on public health promotion to buy ads on these apps and websites," Nunn said.
I’m definitely more of a relationship type of person.” So, what do you do when you’re looking to expand your social circle?