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Few studies have examined the process of developing sexual relationships on the Internet and compared to that in real life (IRL) (Bolding et al., 2007).
This study examines the process to provide insight into how MSM develop their courtship, engage in negotiations for sex, and choose sexual partners in different modalities, and examines the comparative sexual risks taken between Internet vs IRL negotiation.
Identity as well as anonymity promotes the process of Internet filtering creating an environment for HIV-positive men to meet other HIV-positive men for unprotected anal intercourse (UAI).
Although HIV transmission may be is reduced through accurate serosorting, the potential transmission of STIs such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, HPV, Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) and syphilis are implicated (Davis, Hart, Bolding, Sherr, & Elford, 2006b) as are reinfection with other strains of HIV, many of which may be drug-resistant.
This process of matching sexual interest leads to a connection of like, where one’s sexual act is the partners’ desire or the desire of both.
The starting point is to review, match, and choose the desired position for complementary interest.
According to Davis et al., (2006b), filtering has three main themes: (1) pre-empting, (2) matching, and (3) declaring.
Pre-empting eliminates the need for a discussion of safer sex as the information is, for example, provided in the Internet profile, a biographical sketch.
The process of relationship is complex as the Internet brings socio-structural factors of reducing feelings of alienation (Horvath et al., 2006), discourse and first experience (Agwu & Ellen, 2009; Bolding et al., 2007; Tikkanen & Ross, 2000) and high levels of unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) (Bauermeister, Leslie-Santana, Johns, Pingel, & Eisenberg, 2011; Horvath et al., 2006; Tikkanen & Ross, 2000; van Kesteren, Hospers, & Kok, 2007).A cross-sectional survey was provided to participants recruited on-line in a nationwide self-selected convenience sample of MSM.