Furthermore, as Ethan's 24, White, single comments demonstrate, a critical element of these experiences was the newfound courage that arose in online interactions:. By privileging risk and ignoring the function of the Internet as a significant resource for YGM, we may be neglecting pressing opportunities for HIV prevention.
Additionally, participants emphasized their vulnerability to emotional risks of online dating— feelings of guilt, shame, longing, and fear — over any perceived risk of contracting HIV.
School School was associated with more negative factors than positive factors. First, individuals recruited from established LGBTQ groups may have different perspectives and experiences than others, especially since they are more likely to have access to positive influences and less isolation.
Some youth had already sought out religious communities that were openly accepting of LGBTQ people, and others found new ones that were accepting of their sexuality.