The roundtable discussion today is about MSM, sex and Internet chat rooms.
My name is Mark Vogel and I am the project manager at HIV In Site, and I will be the moderator of today's discussion.
Unfortunately however, many of the online chat rooms that promote themselves to bipolar people have other agendas – for example lots of advertising and selling, or adult chat that fuels bipolar symptoms, leading to bipolar mania or even infidelity.The chat rooms suggested here are online chat rooms I personally prefer because they are genuinely run for the benefit of the bipolar community, and do not encourage adult chat.However, there are many reputable online services for genuine, sincere singles, and some of them have fantastic track records of success for online dating that leads to wonderful relationships, including marriage. – decreased interest in sleep – increased talkativeness – increased impulsiveness.Also, it is widely misunderstood in the general community so it makes sense that bipolar people reach out to each other for advice and support.Most of us are here because we are probably familiar with the recent studies that report high rates of unprotected sex and outbreaks of STDs among men who meet other men in Internet chat rooms.
But we are here to address the questions of why this is the case, what evidence there is to support these studies and these trends, and to set out what makes Internet chat rooms different from other venues.Deb Levine is the Executive Director of Internet Sexuality Information Services, or ISIS, which has contracted with the City and County of San Francisco to provide syphilis elimination services to men who have sex with men in the City, and also to identify their partners on the Internet.ISIS has worked with online providers to provide online prevention initiatives. have documented high rates of unprotected sex among men recruited from online venues and there are several European studies that have looked at comparing, guys who say that they actually are using chat rooms to those that are not using chat rooms and there is a lot of information, a lot of data, showing that the chat room users are actually reporting higher rates of unprotected sex than the non-chat room users.Although personal experience has shown me these online chat rooms are safe and supportive spaces, no responsibility can be taken for third party sites PLEASE NOTE: These are independent sites that have no connection with Please be careful and do not use your full name or share any identifying information. A Silver Lining is a bipolar only online chat room with good, clear guidelines and a solid track record of support for the bipolar community.A very cool feature is that they provide much needed resources for young people.How serious or how harmful it is varies a lot according to a person’s individual circumstances. There is a huge difference between these respectable online chat rooms, and the adult chat, cybersex sites I was addicted to.