In this investigation, we found that 67% of these syphilis cases versus 19% of matched men who were non-syphilis cases had met recent partners in the chat room, and this was a statistically significant association.It was actually one of the first published studies of a strong association between Internet sex partnering and syphilis transmission.
My name is Mark Vogel and I am the project manager at HIV In Site, and I will be the moderator of today's discussion.
Most of us are here because we are probably familiar with the recent studies that report high rates of unprotected sex and outbreaks of STDs among men who meet other men in Internet chat rooms.
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They may not be right in front of their webcams, but they'll hear a "doorbell" when you enter their rooms.