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Gay men report a wide range of behaviours to make sex safer
Roger Pebody, 2016-06-22 10:00:00

Gay men in the UK employ a wide range of precautionary tactics and behaviours to avoid harms during sex – using condoms is just one of the ways in which men protect themselves and their partners. Avoiding sex with partners of a different HIV status, knowing their current viral load, using lubricant for intercourse and regular testing were all widely cited behaviours.  

The data come from the 2014 Gay Men’s Sex Survey, released yesterday. The report also highlights gaps in men’s knowledge about HIV and suggests that alcohol plays as big a role as ‘chemsex’ in men acquiring HIV.

A total of 15,360 men who have sex with men, living in England, completed the online survey in 2014. The majority were recruited through gay hook-up apps and websites (44%) or social media accounts associated with Terrence Higgins Trust and gay community organisations (40%).