What Are The Risks For Gay Men Using Online Dating Sites?

When considering the risks using gay dating sites pose for the men that used them, most people may think robbery or violence would be near the top of the list. The truth is, incidents of violence at the hands of strangers gay men connected with online are rare. The same goes for robbery.

STDs are a greater risk to men using gay dating sites than harm from violence. However the risk can be minimized.

Condoms protect against all STDs spread through semen, blood and anal fluids. Of all sexually transmitted diseases, HIV is of greatest concern. For this reason, most men will use a condom when engaging in sex with a new partner. A sobering fact is that 60% of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV reported meeting sexual partners online. So yes... always use a condom if you're meeting someone you connected with online. .

Unfortunately an STD spread through skin to skin contact can be spread even when a condom is use. Genital herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, or HSV-1, or type 2, HSV-2. More commonly transmitted by heterosexual partners during sex, gay men can become infected by genital herpes as well. All it takes is to have an open sore, scratch or lesion for the infection to be transmitted. Fortunately, genital herpes can usually be detected when it's contagious because during an outbreak blisters and sores develop on or near the genitals.

A hepatitis infection can occur through a number of different means, one of which is sexual contact. Vaccinations are available that can protect against hepatitis A and hepatitis B. However, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C and without treatment the infection is chronic. Any strain of hepatitis causes liver damage and can lead to liver failure, liver cancer, even death, so again... wear a condom.

Lastly, there's a less easy to define risk to men who use gay dating sites. It's also a risk that gets virtually no media attention and is rarely talked about. Online dating can cause serious emotional issues for some men. So much so they become depressed, even suicidal. .

Men looking for male sex partners used to go somewhere they could meet face to face, gay bars, bath-houses, and so on. It was time set aside to socialize and hopefully meet someone. Whether you hooked up or not, it was a matter of hours out of a day or maybe a weekend wasted. Rejection or meeting someone that wasn't right for you was disappointing, but there was always another day, another time, another place.

Gay dating sites are active 24/7, 365 days a year, presenting the opportunity to be rejected or disappointed with those you meet every minute of every day. Fine for the man who's self confident, but for anyone who's insecure or who had unrealistic expectations when joining a gay dating site, being online can be a living Hel

Everyone faces risk every minute of every day. Dealing with the risk of using gay dating sites is no different than stepping off a curb. You assure yourself its safe, then go.