USFSP Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

Authors

Hunter P. Drake

First Advisor

Thesis Director: Dr. Tiffany Chenneville Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Second Advisor

Thesis Committee Member: Christina Salnaitis, Ph.D. Instructor, College of Arts and Sciences

Third Advisor

Thesis Committee Member: Thomas Smith, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Director of University Honors Program

Publisher

University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Document Type

Thesis

Language

en_US

Date Available

2018-10-04

Publication Date

2017

Date Issued

2017-04-24

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of HIV status (serostatus) and meeting venue (online or offline) on the sexual behavior (engagement and safer sex practices) of men who have sex with men (MSM). Participants included 469 MSM aged 18 and older recruited using Amazon Mechanical Turk. Participants who met eligibility criteria and agreed to participate were directed to a survey administered via Qualtrics. The survey collected basic demographic information as well as information about behavioral intentions regarding sexual engagement and safer sex practices. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, the chi-square test for independence, and correlational statistics. Findings revealed that meeting venue affected the impact of a potential partner’s serostatus on MSM’s willingness to engage in sexual behavior. These findings have important implications for thinking about HIV prevention and disclosure interventions.

Comments

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program

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