On the one hand, the internet may affect the shape and structure of sexual networks (7, 8).
For example, it enables individuals to meet new romantic and sexual partners outside their immediate social circle.
Some sites exclusively served gay and bisexual men; others targeted persons of all sexual orientations.
Only sites with users in the United States were included.
A majority of each of the three stakeholder groups agreed on the following: (1) automated HIV/STD testing reminders, (2) local STD test site directories, (3) links to sex-positive safe sex videos, (4) access to sexual health experts, (5) profile options to include safer sex preference, (6) chat rooms for specific sexual interests, (7) filtering partners by their profile information, and (8) anonymous e-card partner notification for STD exposure.
In large cities with established gay neighborhoods, organizations, bars, and clubs, the internet may provide an additional venue for partners to meet each other.
Recruitment, eligibility criteria, and survey measures differed between the three stakeholder groups who served as study subjects.
We developed a comprehensive list of gay-oriented dating and hook-up websites through consultation with experts, key informants, and a review of the literature, and based our sampling frame of website owner stakeholders on this list.
Internet-based interventions have potential to reduce HIV and STD transmission among men who meet male sexual partners online.
From November 2009 to May 2010 we surveyed dating and hook-up website users (n = 3,050), website owners (n = 18), and health department HIV/STD directors (n = 81) to identify structural and behavioral prevention interventions that could be implemented online and which a majority of website users were willing to use, owners were willing to implement, and HIV/STD directors perceived to be effective.