AIDS and New Technology

Social Media Engagement and HIV Testing Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China

Findings: Our data suggest that social media use, particularly on multifunctional platforms such as WeChat and with contributing behaviors, is correlated with HIV testing among MSM in China. Campaigns that promote active participant contribution on social media beyond passive observation and endorsement of promotional materials are needed. This study has implications for the design and implementation of social media interventions to promote HIV testing.

Reference: Cao, B., Liu, C., Durvasula, M., Tang, W., Pan, S., Saffer, A. J., … Tucker, J. D. (2017). Social Media Engagement and HIV Testing Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in China: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Survey. Journal of Medical Internet Research19(7), e251. http://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.7251

Faster and Riskier? Online Context of Sex Seeking Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China

Findings: Condom usage behaviors were unaffected by the medium through which sexual partners were found. However, the high frequency of condomless sex suggests that websites and gay apps are both risk environments. This study suggests using multiple platforms for human immunodeficiency virus/sexually transmitted disease social media interventions may be useful.

Reference: Cao, B., Liu, C., Stein, G., Tang, W., Best, J., Zhang, Y., ... & Tucker, J. D. (2017). Faster and Riskier? Online Context of Sex Seeking Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in China. Sexually transmitted diseases44(4), 239-244.

 

Coercion And HIV Self-Testing In Men Who Have Sex With Men: Implementation Data From A Cross-Sectional Survey In China

REFERENCE: Ong, J. J., Li, H., Dan, W., Fu, H., Liu, E., Ma, W., ...Liu, C., ... & Tang, W. (2017). Coercion And HIV Self-testing In Men Who Have Sex With Men: Implementation Data From A Cross-sectional Survey In China. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Will Gay Sex-seeking Mobile Phone Applications Facilitate Group Sex?: A Cross-Sectional Online Survey among Men who have Sex with Men in China

Findings: Chinese MSM who engage in group sex are also more likely to engage in other risky sexual behaviors, and gay app use may facilitate group sex. Further research is needed among MSM who engage in group sex in order to target interventions and surveillance.

REFERENCE: Tang, W., Tang, S., Qin, Y., Zhang, Y., Zhang, W., Liu, C., ... & Yang, B. (2016). Will Gay Sex–Seeking Mobile Phone Applications Facilitate Group Sex? A Cross-Sectional Online Survey among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China. PloS one11(11), e0167238.