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Behavioral research among MSM has traditionally viewed the Internet as incorporating risk factors for this population including recruiting through the Internet (Bolding, Davis, Sherr, Hart, & Elford, 2004; Daneback, Månsson, & Ross, 2007; Kok, Hospers, Harterink, & De Zwart, 2007; Konstan, Rosser, Ross, Stanton, & Weston, 2005; Tikkanen & Ross, 2003), subcultural (Elford, Bolding, & Sherr, 2002; Elford, Bolding, Davis, Sherr, & Hart, 2004; Evans, Wiggins, Mercer, Bolding, & Elford, 2007; Ross, Rosser, & Mazin, 2006) e-dating (Bolding, Davis, Hart, Sherr, & Elford, 2007; Davis, Hart, Bolding, Sherr, & Elford, 2006a; Hospers, Kok, Harterink, & de Zwart, 2005; Kaufman & Phua, 2003; Tikkanen & Ross, 2000) filtering, where e-daters choose to meet with other potential e-daters (Bolding et al., 2007; Davis et al., 2006a; Hospers et al., 2005; Kaufman & Phua, 2003) and between online (Internet) and In Real Life (IRL) sexual negotiation (Horvath, Bowen, & Williams, 2006; Ross, Rosser, & Stanton, 2004; Ross, Rosser, Mc Curdy, & Feldman, 2007).
Sex is a significant aspect of the lives of MSM as they navigate through the complexities of relationships and courtship guided by the drive for emotional and physical connection with another person.
Ross (2005) noted that negotiation may be easier on the Internet due to the lack of embarrassing social cues and lowered impact of rejection.
MSM do not seek HIV infection, although the complex phenomena of ‘barebacking’ is to have intentional unsafe anal sex (Halkitis & Parsons, 2003; Shernoff, 2006).
However, this is usually between self-reported HIV seroconcordant partners (Dawson et al., 2005).
Filtering is a term used to sort by sexual interest on the Internet.
On-line daters report dating websites help people find a better match because they have access to a larger pool of potential dates (Ross, 2005) and tend to identify with more liberal social attitudes (Madden & Lenhart, 2006).
Statistics on Internet dating include both success in proving to be a helpful tool for finding life partners, and challenges of misleading dating profiles (Viegas, 2010).
According to Davis et al., (2006b), filtering has three main themes: (1) pre-empting, (2) matching, and (3) declaring.
Pre-empting eliminates the need for a discussion of safer sex as the information is, for example, provided in the Internet profile, a biographical sketch.
This term refers to risk reduction strategy whereby some MSM only engage in unprotected anal intercourse with partners of the same HIV status, also known as serosorting (Elford, Bolding, Sherr, & Hart, 2007; Yarber, Sayad, & Strong, 2010).