Gay men who become parents may reduce the risk of HIV, a new report claims.
According to a new study published in the Couple and Family Psychology journal, gay fathers are more likely to make lifestyle changes that could lower the risk of contracting HIV.
Researchers from San Francisco State University interviewed 48 gay male couples who are raising children together in the US to find out whether parenting caused same-sex parents to be less exposed to risky sexual behaviour or actually increased the chances of infidelity and unprotected sex outside of the relationship.
‘When gay couples become parents, they become very focused on the kids, they are tired, there is less time for communication and less desire for sex,’ said Colleen Hoff, professor of sexuality studies at San Francisco State University.
‘They go through a lot of the same changes as heterosexual couples who have kids.’
She added that the research showed gay fathers had less time for sex and put less emphasis on sexuality.
‘Many fathers said they feel a sense of responsibility toward their children which motivates them to avoid risky sexual behavior,’ Hoff said, News Medical reported.
However, the study showed that gay male couples in open relationships could face difficulties which might impact on their sexual health.
Hoff said: ‘Some men felt that there is this assumption that if you are a gay parent you are monogamous.
‘This kind of stigma around gay parents’ sexuality could be a concern if gay fathers are reluctant to talk to their physician about their sexual agreement and get tested for HIV.’