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P02.06 Identities in motion: cyberspace and myanmar men having sex with men
  1. Lin Khine Soe,
  2. Putten Marc Van der
  1. Faculty of Public Health, Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus, Klong Luang Piyachart Bld. 10th Fl. Pathumthani, 12121, Thailand

Abstract

The enquiry was financed by the World Society Foundations and the Thabyay Education Network.

This paper explores how Myanmar men-having-sex-with-men (MSM) create identity through lived and mediated realities, by using cyber social networks, 30 in-depth interviews were conducted through snowballing among MSM cyber social network members. Content analysis was guided by a social network analysis framework. Networking positively affected connectedness and social support however norms and values were challenged. Age, experience, sex-roles, and peer-relationships seem to influence self-efficacy. Interpersonal dynamics were driven by online-cruising, dating, cyber-sex and off-line encounters. In conclusion, access to social networking offers an outlet for socio-cultural and legal oppressed Myanmar MSM, however building life-skills among younger users’ needs attention. Social networks could be appropriate channels for social and health programs targeting MSM.

  • Southeast Asia
  • gay-men
  • internet
  • cyber social networks
  • health promotion

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