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Title: Online Dating Among Australian Gay and Bisexual Men: Romance or Hooking Up?
Contributor(s): Prestage, Garrett (author); Bavinton, Benjamin (author); Grierson, Jeffrey (author); Down, Ian (author); Keen, Phillip (author); Bradley, Jack (author); Duncan, Duane  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1007/s10461-015-1032-zOpen Access Link
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Abstract: Increasingly, gay and bisexual men (GBM) meet casual sex partners online and this has been associated with sexual risk behavior. How do GBM meet regular partners? This online anonymous survey of 4215 GBM included 2562 men with a primary regular partner (PRP) who were included in these analyses. Mean age of the sample was 38.1 years. 60.3 % had met their PRP at least 2 years earlier. Meeting their PRP online increased from 14.0 % before 2001 to 79.9 % in 2013-2014. At all time points, men who met their PRP online were somewhat older than those who met their PRP offline. Regardless of how they met their PRP, most men met casual sex partners online. Among GBM, meeting sexual and romantic partners online has replaced other methods, for all age groups. The population of GBM who use the internet for this purpose is now equivalent to all sexually active GBM.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: NHMRC/APP602518
Source of Publication: AIDS and Behavior, 19(10), p. 1905-1913
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1573-3254
Field of Research (FOR): 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
169901 Gender Specific Studies
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920401 Behaviour and Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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