Participants: Philip Huang, Asian Health Service, Oakland, California; Jeff Klausner, MD, San Francisco Department of Public Health; Deb Levine, Internet Sexuality Information Services, San Francisco; Greg Rebchook, UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies; Frank Strona, Mark Vogel: Welcome to today's roundtable discussion sponsored by HIV In Site and The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, both at UCSF.The roundtable discussion today is about MSM, sex and Internet chat rooms.Velez allegedly told the police officer to meet him at a motel where they would have sex with the children.He then drove to a motel in Stafford, where he was met by police and arrested.ISIS has worked with online providers to provide online prevention initiatives. have documented high rates of unprotected sex among men recruited from online venues and there are several European studies that have looked at comparing, guys who say that they actually are using chat rooms to those that are not using chat rooms and there is a lot of information, a lot of data, showing that the chat room users are actually reporting higher rates of unprotected sex than the non-chat room users.So I would like to welcome all of the panelists today and thank you for joining us here. There are also higher rates of men reporting STD infections, who are using chat rooms, and so it is a very consistent finding that a lot of different studies and a lot of different research groups are picking up that these higher rates are existing.Discuss the potential dangers and what is considered appropriate behaviour online, in the same way you would in the offline world.
Joining me today are several individuals, all of whom either as public health officials, researchers, safe sex advocates or some combination thereof, have a particular interest and expertise in Internet chat room use among MSM. Frank has worked on men's sex and health issues for more than 15 years. He is assistant research psychologist and has studied and worked on a number of community-based interventions among gay men.Police were monitoring an online chat room for child predators earlier this month when they reportedly caught and arrested a 36-year-old man accused of soliciting sex with children earlier this month. 13, an officer posing as a single mother with an 8-year-old child began talking with Enrique Roberto Velez, 36, in the chat room, according to KPRC.Velez discussed how he was babysitting his girlfriend's 5-year-old son and a 1-year-old baby.Social networks: such as Facebook tend to more permanent links between known individuals for the purpose of sharing information.However, they do include elements of chat rooms such as real-time chat and inbox messaging, usually between “friends”.