Chat and IM with someone in your area, or you can talk to lots of singles at once in our chat room forum, it's better than a regular chat line. Rhodes, Ph D, MPH, CHES, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1063, Phone: 336-713-5080, Fax: 336-713-5088, Chat room-based prevention interventions for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are being implemented to reduce the risk of HIV exposure, infection, and re-infection among men who have sex with men (MSM).Internet communities, news and discussion groups, e-mail lists, websites, electronic bulletin boards, and chat rooms are examples of Internet applications that offer unique and seemingly limitless opportunities for electronic communication.Men and women alike are using America Online to pick up, peel off and put out with a kind of glee unseen since the summer of love. That's where the Voice Round Table serves as an uber-anonymous forum, an emotional and intimate sounding board where men such as Bill and Steve can call early in the morning, when the wife is still asleep, or during lunch break at work. "Of course, not all bisexual or gay married men simply look for sex."Bimm" translates to bisexual married male; "m4m" translates to "married male for married male." Yesterday at a.m., AOL's chat room listings included rooms such as "Bi Curious Married Men" (36 people there), "dallas bimm4bimm" (36 there, too), and "Bostonbimm4bimm" (another 36). It's a difficult life."Steve, who lives in New York, has been married for 27 years, a "great father," he says, to his two preteen boys.
"I don't think I'll live my life as a gay man -- ever.
A total of 8.6% reported being HIV-positive and 14.8% reported never having been tested for HIV.
Grounded theory analysis of transcripts from chat-room instant-message discussions identified 13 thematic categories related to chatter characteristics, prevention needs, and intervention delivery.
But none of these has the reputation among gays that AOL does as the go-to place to get laid. “It offers an easier means to an end,” says Paul, a health-care analyst in Atlanta who says he visits AOL’s chat rooms nearly every day.
“I don’t have to get dressed up and go to a bar, drink, get my clothes full of smoke and wonder if anybody’s interested.” But avoiding the bar scene is only part of it.