Journal of homosexuality 2017 10 20() doi 10.1080/00918369.2017.1395658
Internet has revolutionized research on sexual minorities by providing direct and safe access to hidden, stigmatized and high risk populations. This study investigated the possibility of using Facebook to reach Egyptian gays. The questionnaire was manually distributed to an extensive list of Facebook pages and groups related to the topic that has been collected using a snowball-like technique. The recruitment lasted from August 2015 to May 2016. Among the 461 eligible participants, the mean age was 26.6 (SD = 7.6) and the majority (74%) were highly educated. Only 17% use condoms consistently and 34% have ever tested for HIV. Guilt feeling and trial to change sexual orientation were very high and were associated with higher religiosity and low condom use and HIV testing (P < .05). Also, ten percent have ever tried to end their life. Most of the participants did not disclose their sexual orientation to anybody other than their partners and 60% will not disclose it to health care providers even if needed. The low health awareness among Egyptian gays requires internet based health campaigns.