"Due to the defendant's attempt to find and meet another child for sexual purposes, police saw him as an immediate threat to the community" and moved quickly to arrest him, court documents say.Lewis bailed out of the Utah County Jail on Friday.Provo police arrested Lewis on Wednesday, alleging he chatted online with an undercover officer for a span of more than six months, believing she was a 13-year-old girl.Lewis sent more than 10 nude images of himself to the officer's disguised profile during that time, court documents say.While data and observations from the field suggest the Internet is a medium wherein disclosure, communication and encounters between men who have sex with men (MSM) are made possible, few studies have examined this question in Africa’s Sub-Saharan countries.The objective of our study was to define the proportion and profile of persons having access to the Internet as a means of encountering male sexual partners among a group of MSM living in the city of Douala, Cameroon.To date in most Sub-Saharan countries, national strategies to fight the HIV and AIDS epidemic and HIV sexual prevention messages are primarily directed only toward heterosexual populations (Henry et al., 2010).
Lewis allegedly arranged two encounters as a result of the online conversations.
This gap consequently deprives frontline workers of potentially important knowledge in terms of adapting, proposing and enacting new HIV prevention strategies and interventions.
In Cameroon, the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the general population is 5.3%.
The objective of our pilot study was to define the proportion and profile of persons who access online encounters in order to implement targeted prevention messages to this population of gay men and other MSM.
The term MSM is widely used in the literature and denotes men who have sex with men.