The use of technology to find sexual health information online among MSM in Hanoi, Vietnam. 2016

Nguyen, M, Nguyen, Q, Nguyen, S and Go, V 2018, 'The use of technology to find sexual health information online among MSM in Hanoi, Vietnam. 2016', The International Journal of STD and AIDS, vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 435-442.


Document type: Journal Article
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Title The use of technology to find sexual health information online among MSM in Hanoi, Vietnam. 2016
Author(s) Nguyen, M
Nguyen, Q
Nguyen, S
Go, V
Year 2018
Journal name The International Journal of STD and AIDS
Volume number 29
Issue number 5
Start page 435
End page 442
Total pages 8
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract In an era where mobile phones and computers are ubiquitous, technology-based interventions to reduce HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) have great potential to reach hidden high risk groups including men who have sex with men (MSM). This study aimed to examine technology usage to find sexual health information online among MSM in Hanoi, Vietnam. A cross-sectional study of 205 MSM recruited at hot spots and public places for gay men in Hanoi was conducted from February to May 2016. Overall, 50.7% of participants reported having used a mobile phone or a computer to find a place to get tested for HIV/STI in the past year, and 75.1% reported having used such technologies to find other sexual health information online in the past year. Living alone (aOR: 4.43, 95%CI: 1.40-14.01) and having been physically abused (aOR: 2.26, 95%CI: 1.00-5.06) were significantly associated with using technology to find sexual health information online. MSM who had anonymous sex with a male in the last 3 months (aOR: 0.46; 95%CI: 0.23-0.91) or have ever had sex with a woman (aOR: 0.34; 95%CI: 0.17-0.69) were less likely to use technology to find HIV/STI information online. Technology is a promising platform to reach MSM for HIV prevention programs, though a not all high risk MSM use technology for sexual health information. Further efforts to develop technology-based interventions tailored to the needs of the MSM communities in Hanoi and to encourage MSM who were not currently seeking health care online to do so are necessary.
Subject Human Information Behaviour
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0956462417730259
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ISSN 0956-4624
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