Le Net Gay Baromètre 2013-2014

The Net Gay Barometer: a renewed tool of knowledge

The Net Gay Barometer (NGB) is a periodic online survey initiated in 2004, renewed in 2006 and 2009, conducted among men who have sex with men (MSM) recruited from gay dating sites in France. This declarative online survey aims to develop, every three years, a profile of gay and bisexual male Internet users and to define how these men live their sexuality and manage the risk of HIV and STIs during encounters with casual or regular partners.

To do this, the survey asked users about their love life and their behavior with casual partners, while exploring their lifestyles and their involvement in some of the most traditional cruising places. The survey offers a profile of contexts and motivations in addition to identifying sociosexual l uses of the Internet and its impact. The survey questions risky sexual behavior (for transmission of HIV, HCV and other STIs), substance use or engaging in paid sexual encounters. Finally, an important part of the investigation focuses on the health problems encountered in the last 12 months.

We want to expand in the 2012 edition by recruiting participants via social networks to reach people identifying themselves as less openly "gay" or those who are less involved in the gay community and its services, but also address how participants experience the coming out process live to their friends and relatives but also to their friends on social networks.

We will try to understand the intersection of belonging to a sexual minority as well as a visible minority: in fact, on the theoretical level, we know little about the process of double identity whose corollary can be double discrimination. Thus, intersectionality theory suggests that the addition of discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation to one based on race increases the complexity of identity development and affects the health of gay and bisexual men.

The Net Gay Barometer is a renewed tool of knowledge with each edition questioning new topics and improving on older ones. Unlike surveys that recruit participants in gay venues or the gay community, the NGB can reach a greater number of people and more diverse participants with a significant proportion that do not visit gay venues or the gay community often.