One in three gay men didn’t use a condom the last time they had anal sex, a study has revealed.
UK-based gay men’s charity GMFA has carried out its biggest ever survey into gay men’s sex lives, and the results are both encouraging and somewhat worrying.
The 3,000 responses found high numbers are not using condoms when they had sex but the majority of respondents have said they have gone for a sexual health test in the last year.
- Over half of the men in the sample had fewer than five sexual partners in the last year
- 55% described themselves as sexually versatile
- 58% had sex in the last week
- 37% met their most recent sexual partner via a dating app
- 14% did not remember the name of the last person they had sex with
- 51% of gay men who have not been diagnosed with HIV admitted that they were worried about becoming HIV-positive
- 44% of gay men who have not been diagnosed with HIV said that they would not have sex with someone if they were HIV-positive
- 23% of gay men who have not been diagnosed with HIV did not know what undetectable viral load is.
- 71% of gay men said they would use PrEP right now if it were available on the NHS.
- 90% of HIV-positive men used a condom with a casual partner compared to 66% of HIV-negative men who said they didn’t use a condom.
- Less than a third of HIV negative respondents say they would have with someone with HIV
- 90% of gay men with HIV said that they used condoms the last time they had anal sex with a casual partner, compared to just 34% of the men who believed themselves to be HIV-negative.
Matthew Hodson, GMFA’s Chief Executive said: ‘This illustrates that there is still a need for more information about HIV in the treatment era and that given the right information we can change not only attitudes but also behavior.’
He added: ‘Our community remains plagued by low self-esteem, leaving many vulnerable to harmful drug taking and alcohol use. For many gay men expressing intimacy is a major challenge and all of these factors play a role in the poor sexual health that still besets our community.
‘We’ve come a long way but so long as these health inequalities persist, we are not equal.’
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