Individual Study / Xu et al.; J Med Internet Res. 2018

The Effect of Using Geosocial Networking Apps on the HIV Incidence Rate Among Men Who Have Sex With Men: Eighteen-Month Prospective Cohort Study in Shenyang, China

The Effect of Using Geosocial Networking Apps on the HIV Incidence Rate Among Men Who Have Sex With Men: Eighteen-Month Prospective Cohort Study in Shenyang, China

Initiatives -
The aim of this study was to clarify the characteristics of GSN apps’ users and to determine the association and putative mechanisms between GSN apps’ use behavior and HIV incidence. Note: All published information has been collected from the article referenced in the Marker Paper box below. Therefore, there may be variations with more advanced versions of the study.
Start Year
2015
End Year
2016
Funding
This study was supported by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, the Mega-projects of National Science Research for the thirteenth 5-Year Plan (2017ZX10201101-002-007), National Natural Science Foundation of China (81872674), and National Science and Technology Major Project (2018ZX10101-001-001-003). The corresponding author had full access to all the data in the study and had final responsibility for the decision to submit for publication. The findings and conclusions in this study are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

Design

Study design
Population cohort

Marker Paper

Xu J, Yu H, Tang W, et al. The Effect of Using Geosocial Networking Apps on the HIV Incidence Rate Among Men Who Have Sex With Men: Eighteen-Month Prospective Cohort Study in Shenyang, China. J Med Internet Res. 2018;20(12):e11303. Published 2018 Dec 21. doi:10.2196/11303

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Number of participants

Number of participants
686
Number of participants with biosamples

Access

Availability of data and biosamples

Data
Biosamples
Other

Timeline

Population

Between March 2015 and December 2016, MSM participants in Shenyang, Liaoning province, were recruited through a mixed recruitment method of internet sampling, venue-based sampling, or chain-referral sampling
Selection Criteria
Gender
men
Newborns
Twins
Countries
  • China
Territory
Shenyang
Ethnic Origin
Health Status
Other criteria
The inclusion criteria of this cohort were as follows: (1) being 18 years or older; (2) born male; (3) had anal and/or oral intercourse with male partners in the past 6 months; (4) tested as serologically negative for both HIV antibodies and HIV nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT); and (5) willing and able to provide a written informed consent.

Recruitment

Sources of recruitment
  • General population

Number of participants

Number of participants
686
Number of participants with biosamples
Data Collection Event
Men who have sex with men (MSM) frequently seek partners through mobile apps (geosocial networking [GSN] apps).
Start Date
2015-03
End Date
2016-12
Data sources
  • Mobile data collection
    • Smartphone apps
    • Tablet/laptop