Social-cognitive determinants of HIV risk-taking intentions among men who date men through the internet.

G.J. Kok*, H.J. Hospers, P. Harterink, O. de Zwart

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The present study was set up to investigate social-cognitive determinants of HIV-risk precautionary intentions among men who have sex with men (MSM), who meet sex partners on the Internet. Participants were enrolled through the major gay chat room in The Netherlands,, and were asked to complete an online questionnaire. Theory of Planned Behaviour variables attitude, subjective norm, and perceived control explained 55% of the variance in intention to use condoms for anal sex with future e-dates. Adding descriptive norm, personal norm and anticipated regret explained 70%. Sexual fantasies and HIV-status had unique effects on intentions. Differences between high and lower intenders are presented. Limitations of the study are discussed and objectives for an intervention to promote condom use are given.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-417
JournalAids Care-Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of Aids/Hiv
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

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