My name is Mark Vogel and I am the project manager at HIV In Site, and I will be the moderator of today's discussion.
You get on line, you want to get laid, you can have somebody at your house within an hour -- probably less in San Francisco! If you are experience is one that you are not crazy about, you can get back online and you can find somebody else to come over or to go to their house afterwards.
It is a lot harder when you are working face-to-face because you have to sort of summon up the effort to talk to somebody and to break the ice and to ask them to come home with you; whereas the Internet, everybody is there for the same reason; it is very quick, it is very easy.
Participants: Philip Huang, Asian Health Service, Oakland, California; Jeff Klausner, MD, San Francisco Department of Public Health; Deb Levine, Internet Sexuality Information Services, San Francisco; Greg Rebchook, UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies; Frank Strona, Mark Vogel: Welcome to today's roundtable discussion sponsored by HIV In Site and The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, both at UCSF.
The roundtable discussion today is about MSM, sex and Internet chat rooms.
ISIS has worked with online providers to provide online prevention initiatives. have documented high rates of unprotected sex among men recruited from online venues and there are several European studies that have looked at comparing, guys who say that they actually are using chat rooms to those that are not using chat rooms and there is a lot of information, a lot of data, showing that the chat room users are actually reporting higher rates of unprotected sex than the non-chat room users.
So I would like to welcome all of the panelists today and thank you for joining us here. There are also higher rates of men reporting STD infections, who are using chat rooms, and so it is a very consistent finding that a lot of different studies and a lot of different research groups are picking up that these higher rates are existing.While such practices are commendable and useful, the report suggests that we not give ourselves a false sense of security by demonizing social networking sites at the expense of bigger threats.One curious sidenote in the report was the finding that those who do the harassing online don't bother to hide their ages or intentions; in fact, they're quite upfront with their potential victims.In the last year, 15 percent of all the kids surveyed reported an "unwanted sexual solicitation online." Most of these never turn out to be more than an unwanted message on the computer screen, but still, there's plenty to be said for serious parental involvement with younger kids' computing habits.The good news, at least for social networking sites, is that only less than a third of these solicitations came through social networking sites.These are the results from a new study in , the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.