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On June 23, 2004 HIV In Site and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies convened a panel of experts to discuss the increasing popularity of the Internet as a medium to meet sexual partners among men who have sex with men.
In this investigation, we found that 67% of these syphilis cases versus 19% of matched men who were non-syphilis cases had met recent partners in the chat room, and this was a statistically significant association.
It was actually one of the first published studies of a strong association between Internet sex partnering and syphilis transmission.
Remember that you don’t know anything about the other chat room users, except what they choose to tell you.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.Most of us are here because we are probably familiar with the recent studies that report high rates of unprotected sex and outbreaks of STDs among men who meet other men in Internet chat rooms.As part of that study, we continued to monitor the use of Internet chat rooms and Internet sites among syphilis case patients and non-patients seen at the STD clinic in San Francisco and how about half of new cases have met recent partners online and the Internet sites have continued to be a place where we focus prevention efforts.Frank Strona: One of the things to keep in mind with Internet behavior is there is a perception of anonymity.