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Type: Journal article
Title: Web-based HIV/AIDS behavioral surveillance among men who have sex with men: Potential and challenges
Author: Zhang, D.
Bi, P.
Hiller, J.
Lv, F.
Citation: International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2008; 12(2):126-131
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1201-9712
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Dapeng Zhang, Peng Bi, Janet E. Hiller and Fan Lv
Abstract: With more men who have sex with men (MSM) seeking sexual partners through the Internet, the Internet has been characterized as a newly emerging risk environment for HIV transmission. Meanwhile, the flourishing of gay websites provides a good opportunity for health professionals to conduct systematic HIV/AIDS behavioral surveillance among MSM. Effective methods to recruit online MSM users have been developed, and online surveys have suggested many practical advantages over surveys in the traditional gay community. Although surveys among MSM via the Internet have a few limitations and risks, online surveillance can still be viewed as a feasible and convenient approach, especially in countries where the HIV/AIDS epidemic is concentrated in high-risk populations and where the conducting of such surveillance in traditional gay venues is difficult.
Keywords: Humans; HIV Infections; Health Surveys; Population Surveillance; Health Behavior; Risk-Taking; Sexual Behavior; Homosexuality, Male; Internet; Health Promotion; Male
Description: Copyright © 2007 International Society for Infectious Diseases Published by Elsevier Ltd.
RMID: 0020080352
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2007.06.007
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