Exploring the Core of High-Risk Networks

Research shows that most men who use multiple types of public venues (bathhouses, sex clubs, parks, bars, etc.) to meet and engage other men reported high-risk behavior. These findings lead us to hypothesize that these high-risk men are a significant proportion of the core of high-risk networks; yet we know little about them. The purpose of this study is to narrow the focus of research to this core, to learn more about their intimate encounters. The specific aims are to examine How particular venues influence intimate encounters. The interaction dynamics within the intimate encounter. What casual intimacy means to core members. We will draw a probability sample of men exiting two San Francisco sex clubs (n=300). Using audio-assisted computer self-interview (ACASI), men will complete a brief survey on site. This exit survey will identify a subsample of men who are core members and they will be invited to participate in a face-to-face qualitative interview (n=50) at a later date at the study offices. The exit survey data provide an opportunity to learn of club behavior of patrons. As such we will explore the following secondary aims: On-site and overall risk behavior of club patron. The use of the Internet to meet men

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Author(s): Diane Binson, William Woods
Population: Gay Men and Men Who Have Sex with Men
Category: Domestic, Methods, Other Populations/Settings
Published: 2008