Gay people are now more likely to be in open relationships than stay monogamous, according to a new survey.
Research looking into Victoria, Australia, found 32% of the 2886 questioned were in open relationships.
This is only slightly more than the respondents who said they were monogamous, which was 31%, and 23% said they were only having casual sex. The rest, 14%, were not having sex.
Almost half of respondents, 48%, said they used apps like Grindr and Scruff to meet other guys, up from 35% in 2012.
Other methods used for gay and bisexual men to meet other guys was gay bars, 29%, and saunas, 28%.
Men in Victoria also said they were more intent on maintaining their sexual health and getting tested.
The number of men who had three or more HIV tests in the last year rose to 22.8%, up from 11.9% in 2012.
The survey also found 5.1% of HIV negative men are on PrEP.
‘In these results we can see how testing behaviour is changing,’ Colin Batrouney, the Victorian Aids Council’s director health promotion, policy, and communications, said.
‘The proportion of gay men who have had at least three HIV tests in the previous 12 months has almost doubled over the past five years.
‘Testing every three months is particularly important if you’re having sex with a lot of different guys, and these look like the kind of men who are testing more frequently.’