Notably, though, 18-24-year-olds had met the majority of these partners (seven of 10) in the past year, whereas older respondents had met fewer than half (six of 14) that recently.As in the previous set of comparisons, the proportions reporting same-sex relations and anal intercourse were lower among those aged 18-24 than among older respondents, but the two groups no longer differed in their reports of condom use at last anal or vaginal sex.

43), and they reported somewhat less risky behavior: They less often reported having had same-sex activity, engaged in anal sex and met a partner in a bar; they more frequently said that they had used a condom the last time they had anal or vaginal sex.

The reported number of partners found on-line was essentially the same for young adults and older respondents.

They conclude that there exists "an urgent need for online STD/HIV prevention interventions targeting young adults." --D. Mc Farlane M, Bull SS and Rietmeijer CA, Young adults on the Internet: risk behaviors for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2002, 31(1):11-16.

suggests that digital outreach efforts delivered via text messages, interactive games, chat rooms, and social networks may be an effective way to reach at-risk younger men.

Half of the overall sample, including 495 (40%) of these young adults, reported ever having had sex with a partner they had met on-line.

Young adults who had found a partner on the Internet were more likely than their peers who had not to be male (67% vs.When a sexual health expert entered a popular chat room to regularly post information about and respond to instant messages seeking information on HIV, self-reported HIV testing among participants in the chat room significantly increased.On social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, popular individuals can spread HIV-prevention messages to their friends and followers.The research review, published in the , found that e Health interventions are associated with reductions in risky sexual behaviors and increases in HIV testing among men who have sex with men.Despite decades of outreach and education efforts that have stabilized human immunodeficiency (HIV) infection rates in the U.63%) and less likely to use Internet dating services (1% vs. Before actually meeting a new contact, young adults were more likely than older men and women to exchange addresses with the person (45% vs. Significantly higher proportions of 18-24-year-olds than of older survey participants reported that their first meeting with a partner they had met on-line took place in the partner's home, a park or another outdoor place, or a restroom; younger people were less likely than others to say that condoms were available at the place where they last had a sexual encounter.