AIDS and New Technology

[2018] Coercion And HIV Self-Testing In Men Who Have Sex With Men: Implementation Data From A Cross-Sectional Survey In China

Findings: HIV test coercion is uncommon among MSM in China, but is more likely in men who used HIV self-tests. As HIV self-testing is scaled up worldwide, research and enhanced post-test surveillance are needed.

Full text: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 77(2), pp.e22-e25. DOI: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001583

[2017] 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.

Full textJournal of Medical Internet Research19(7), e251. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.7251

[2017] 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.

Full text: Sexually Transmitted Diseases44(4), 239-244.

[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

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.

Full text: PloS one11(11), e0167238. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167238