A British gay men’s charity has found that a substantial number of gay men are neglecting to use condoms.
GMFA queried 3,000 British gays about their sex lives, which produced pretty damning evidence for the UK’s lax attitudes towards STDs and HIV. Some 72% of those surveyed didn’t use a condom the last time they had sex — anal or otherwise — with HIV-negative men in particular playing fast and loose with their sexual health.
Some of the survey results include:
GMFA’s Chief Executive, Matthew Hodson, said that the results “[illustrate] 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.
“Our community remains plagued by low self-esteem, leaving many vulnerable to harmful drug taking and alcohol use,” he continued. “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.”
The full survey (accompanied by some wonderful photography) can be found here. As an added bonus, those in relationships can feel suitably smug — according to the Brits, over 60% of those in monogamous relationships or marriages were happy with their sex lives, compared with just 27% of single men.
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