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High quality research helps Manhunt & Jack’d members and the GLBTQ community at-large. In 2009, we established the OLB Research Institute* with the following goals:

  • Use Internet innovations for global  Gay Sexual Health promotion and research
  • Address critical Gay Sexual Health issues and knowledge gaps that impact men’s health
  • Support and produce assets-based Gay Sexual Healthresearch and interventions

Guiding principles:

  • Help gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) have the best sex lives with the least harm
  • Educate gay men and other MSM about sex and the law, with a focus on HIV / STI stigma and discrimination
  • Use scientific evidence to further understand and implement structural interventions employed across our sites and to inform industry peers through peer-reviewed research publications

*OLB = Online Buddies, Inc. which owns Manhunt, Manhunt Cares, and Jack’d as well as the Gay Audience network.

Our members have significantly contributed to the following publications and video projects:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Manhunt™ and DList™ Release Gay and Bisexual Men’s National Sex Study ‘Community Report’ Website

CAMBRIDGE, MA:  A new web-based community report from Online Buddies, Inc., parent company of Manhunt™ and DList™, celebrates the diversity of gay and bisexual men’s sexual behaviors. This first of its kind website provides scientific data in an entirely virtual manner. The community report, based on a recently published study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine which analyzed responses from nearly 25,000 users of Manhunt™ and DList™, is in the form of an interactive website where visitors can learn more about the study results in a user-friendly and contemporary manner.

“As the only online company that has a dedicated Research Institute which promotes an annual sex study with our members, we felt it important to translate conventional academic data into an easily digestible format for our members.” says David S. Novak, Managing Director of the OLB Research Institute and Senior Health Strategist, at Online Buddies, Inc. “

While many people are familiar with our family of brands, they often overlook the work that we are engaged in related to health and research. Through the use of platforms such as www.manhuntcares.com and collaborations with leading sexual health experts, we strive to give back to the community by promoting scientific research that is both sex positive and innovative,” says Todd Sowers, Chief Marketing Officer of Online Buddies, Inc.

According to the OLB Research Institute, to date, Manhunt™ and DList™ members have participated in over 100 studies worldwide, with this year’s national sex study being the largest in the United States. The study itself, which focused on men’s most recent sexual event, found the sexual repertoires of participants to be varied, suggesting the need to rethink some common misconceptions about the sexual behaviors of gay and bisexual men. “As highlighted in the community report, the sexual experiences that men are having are not all homogenous. For example, less than 40% of men engaged in anal intercourse during their last sexual event, challenging the notion that ‘gay sex always = anal sex.’  By providing this information to our members, we hope to normalize their sexual behaviors and ultimately reduce existing stereotypes about gay and bisexual men,” says Novak. The community report examines in detail a variety of sexual behavior topics from the larger study and can be found in it’s entirety at www.mensnationalsexstudy.com.

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