Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.
“A study like this is an urgent call to action for greater collaboration around education to address the health needs of men who have sex with men.
“This is a statewide study that included nearly all individuals newly diagnosed with HIV across an entire state,” said Amy Nunn, associate professor of Public Health and Medicine at Brown University and director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute.
“This is one of the first studies to document how common Internet site use is among people newly diagnosed with HIV and highlights important opportunities to partner with hookup sites to advance public health.” Five sites and apps, some of which are also used by women, were the most popular: Grindr, Manhunt, Scruff, Adam4Adam and Craigslist. Philip Chan, assistant professor of medicine in the Alpert Medical School and director of at the STD Clinic at The Miriam Hospital, said the widely used sites are part of the lifestyle and culture among many gay and bisexual men and can lead to lasting relationships, not just health risks.
Online hookup sites have made it easier for people to have casual sex - and also easier to transmit sexually transmitted diseases, researchers said.