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looked at the sexual behaviors of gay men who used online dating.
In the retrospective analysis of self-reported questionnaires, he found that while seeking sex online was associated with greater numbers of sexual partners, one-night stands, sex without condoms and failure to discuss partners’ sexual histories, participants’ daily diaries indicated that unprotected sex was less likely to occur with partners who met online than with partners who met elsewhere.
In the best of worlds, Mustanski would like to see pop up prompts on dating apps that provide GPS-directed information on where a person can receive free or low-cost STD testing.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the name of the phone app that allows users to share confidential health information.
Mustanski says his findings suggest that “men who engage in high-risk sex with other men use the Internet as a tool for meeting sexual partners, not that meeting partners online causes high-risk sex.”Members who sign up for the gay dating app Hornet, for example, will receive a prompt every three months that asks users to update their HIV status.