Le Net Gay Baromètre 2013-2014

Presentation of the main topics of Gay Net Barometer 2013-2014

Succeeding to previous versions of the Net Gay Barometer (2003, 2006, 2009), the 2013 survey covers new topics to better understand the diversity of populations consisting of MSM (Men who have sex with men), as well as their sexuality, lifestyles and health problems that these men have encountered in the last 12 months preceding the survey.

The 2013 survey focuses on measuring the perception of multiple discriminations by MSM. The design of the survey and its programming have been completely revamped to make it more attractive to young MSM and to better distinguish the themes that are explored. It will be advertised on all the partnered gay dating websites gay, Facebook and more widely through ads on Google, both in France and Canada.

The Net Gay Barometer is presented as an opportunity for the participant to explore and report on their experiences, especially on the development and maintenance of social, emotional or sexual relationships with partners met online or offline in past 12 months. The questions can address the complexity of relational configurations and any associated sexual risk taking: couple relationship, casual sex with casual partners, male or female, clients and sex workers, etc.

Health problems encountered during the last 12 months, and their intensity, are questioned by categories: physical, mental, relational and sexual health, feelings of dependency, etc. The feeling of discrimination and negative attitudes are questioned in relation to a number of objects: sexual orientation (homophobia, biphobia), ethnicity (racism), HIV status (serophobia), gender and attitudes, body image and aging, etc.. as well as on the areas where these feelings occur: school, work and society in general, but also the "gay scene" rarely questioned in the issue of discrimination. The intersection of multiple objects or areas of discrimination could be relevant for some groups of participants particularly vulnerable and fragile (eg foreign-born MSM, sex workers, drug users, HIV-positive MSM, etc..) and allow a better understanding of their journey.

The 2013-2014 survey also provides a foray into the organization of family life, the correlation between sexual attraction and sexual behavior, the deployment of sexuality, possible differences in risk behavior when having sex with male or female casual partners, diversity in favorite meeting spaces (primarily gay meeting places, gay-friendly places, primarily heterosexual meeting places, etc.). This information will provide a broader picture (through a targeted campaign on social networking or gay-friendly dating chatrooms) and a more accurate one of MSM engaged in a more or less marked in bisexual behavior.

The coming out process is also being questioned in depth on the family, friends, school, medical, and professional network-society level. We are trying to better understand the coming out strategies of young MSM and their ability to no longer feel obliged to separate their sex life with their social life, considering that the coming out process no longer needs to be done through the gay community.

Three topics identified as priorities, are finally fully invested and support the creation of discussion groups: the use of psychoactive substances (eg type of substances and contexts associated consumption, etc..), The development of sex work on the Internet (eg type of negotiations, socio-spatial context, intergenerational relations, etc..) and, finally, how HIV is experienced and disclosed by HIV-positive MSM at a time when the biomedical discourse proposes rather confused alternatives to maintaining a behavioral approach in HIV prevention based on condom use with casual partners of unknown or diverging HIV status.

The topics of this new version of the Barometer are important and we count on you to bring your experience in order for people promoting health and health professionals to better define and adapt their actions.