International AIDS Society


Abstract



Cybersex is safer sex: mitigating the ill effects of risky sexual practices of men who have sex with men in the Philippines

N. Yap, G. Ma. Chona, R. Imperial, L. Hernandez

Issues: The December 2005 HIV AIDS registry of the Department of Health reported homosexual transmission (23%) as the second most common route of HIV infection in the Philippines. This population sub-group moreover has been shown to be engaged in multiple unprotected casual sex, risky behaviors that make them vulnerable to infection. The gay community in the country however based on initial self-report now increasingly accessing gay oriented websites, supplementing cruising in the bars, malls and parks. This websites also provides for the eroticisation of sex in various chatrooms and enables gaymen to converse with potential sexual partners.

Description: This study conducted to determine the reasons why gaymen resort to cyber-sex as an alternative to virtual, real, physical contact and to determine the probability by which these chatrooms are utilized to initially introduce would be sexual partners.

Lessons learned: The study has shown that cyber-sex leads often times to casual sex that there is a need to put in place education and intervention activities relating to safer sexual practices as well as condom use.

Recommendations: There is a need to inject positive sexual and reproductive health information highlighting correct sexual behaviors and attitudes using the technology communication highway, such of which is the internet. Further, the development of a gaymen-friendly website that would include opportunities to discuss issues and concerns with regard to sexuality and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS and at the same time to meet potential partners to become social agents of change.





AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference
Abstract no. CDC0685


Suggested Citation
"N.Yap, et al. Cybersex is safer sex: mitigating the ill effects of risky sexual practices of men who have sex with men in the Philippines. : AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference: Abstract no. CDC0685"