Gay and Bisexual Men Have Varied Sexual Repertoires, Study Suggests

  • woow

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    Jul 18, 2012 11:10 AM GMT
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111018155226.htm
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    Jul 18, 2012 2:09 PM GMT
    i think the most shocking finding mentioned in this article is that only less than half of those participants used protection while engaged in anal sex. I really hope that number is NOT an accurate representation of the safe-sex practicing gay/bisexual men overall.
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    Jul 18, 2012 2:17 PM GMT
    Not to minimize what you are saying, but to state it more precisely, only 40% of the men surveyed had anal intercourse and of those 50% used condoms.

    While it would be nice to hear that everyone is using condoms, these figures don't sound as bad as it could be.

    I would wager that you would get identical figures in the straight community with condoms during vaginal or anal sex.

    There will always be those who just don't understand, don't care, or are too young to realize it can happen to them. Hopefully, we'll be able to get through to more people in the future.

    stevee90 saidi think the most shocking finding mentioned in this article is that only less than half of those participants used protection while engaged in anal sex. I really hope that number is NOT an accurate representation of the safe-sex practicing gay/bisexual men overall.
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    Jul 18, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    Oh I wouldn't be surprised at all if less usage of protection is seen among hetero couples; I remember vividly one of my more sexually active female friends telling me, "oh, but isn't birth control pill all the protection you need?"

    I did see that figure, but still, the fact that over 60% of people who have participated in anal sex have not used condom. I mean, this study wasn't done in a developing country; it was done in the states, where people should be more educated and thus cautious about their sexual activities. But then again, this shouldn't be all that surprising, considering that humans have done and continue to do far more foolish, irresponsible things without being aware of their consequences.
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    Jul 18, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
    "Of all sexual behaviors that men reported occurring during their last sexual event, those involving the anus were the least common," Rosenberger said. "There is certainly a misguided belief that 'gay sex equals anal sex,' which is simply untrue much of the time."

    Half of 37.2%** minus monogomous couples. or less than 18.6% overall having unprotected anal sex with a lesser % over aged 24.

    **http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02438.x/abstract

    Methods.  Via an internet-based survey, data were collected from 24,787 gay and bisexually identified men (ages 18–87 years) from 50 US states and the District of Columbia

    Results.  Participants' mean age was 39.2 years; ethnicities included white (84.6%), Latino (6.4%), and African American (3.6%); and most men (79.9%) identified as homosexual. The most commonly reported behavior was kissing a partner on the mouth (74.5%), followed by oral sex (72.7%), and partnered masturbation (68.4%). Anal intercourse occurred among less than half of participants (37.2%) and was most common among men ages 18–24 (42.7%). Sex was most likely to occur in the participant's home (46.8%), with less frequently reported locations including hotels (7.4%) and public spaces (3.1%). The number of behaviors engaged in during last sexual event varied with most (63.2%) including 5–9 different sexual behaviors.
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    Jul 18, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
    this study, and a few others I have read, always surprise me with the number of men who have anal sex. The number is generally around 40-60%. I find this surprising because I do not have a single gay friend who does not have anal sex. My thoughts are that it is age dependent. Men who are in my age group were not around / sexually active when HIV/AIDS first came around so they do not have such a negative view on anal sex....while men who are older lived through it; thus they are less likely to have anal sex and perform more safe sexual acts. Just a thought though lol
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    Jul 18, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    theantijock said"Of all sexual behaviors that men reported occurring during their last sexual event, those involving the anus were the least common," Rosenberger said. "There is certainly a misguided belief that 'gay sex equals anal sex,' which is simply untrue much of the time."

    Half of 37.2%** minus monogomous couples. or less than 18.6% overall having unprotected anal sex with a lesser % over aged 24.

    **http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02438.x/abstract

    Methods.  Via an internet-based survey, data were collected from 24,787 gay and bisexually identified men (ages 18–87 years) from 50 US states and the District of Columbia

    Results.  Participants' mean age was 39.2 years; ethnicities included white (84.6%), Latino (6.4%), and African American (3.6%); and most men (79.9%) identified as homosexual. The most commonly reported behavior was kissing a partner on the mouth (74.5%), followed by oral sex (72.7%), and partnered masturbation (68.4%). Anal intercourse occurred among less than half of participants (37.2%) and was most common among men ages 18–24 (42.7%). Sex was most likely to occur in the participant's home (46.8%), with less frequently reported locations including hotels (7.4%) and public spaces (3.1%). The number of behaviors engaged in during last sexual event varied with most (63.2%) including 5–9 different sexual behaviors.


    again, i am not talking about people who don't practice anal sex, but rather those who do. The fact that within that 40% of those who do have anal sex a good majority of them don't use protection is any less of a relief than looking at it in a different light.
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    Jul 18, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    I have two really good friends in their early 20s who have HIV, and I don't think they took it seriously until it was too late. They shrugged it off as something that would be "manageable" with pills. Well now they are taking their pills and though they are healthy their lives have changed. I think we will find a cure and they will be okay, but no one knows, and it's not something that should be taken lightly. Younger people who didn't live through AIDs in the 80s seem to have been misled.
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    Jul 18, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    So where does all that money go to AIDS/HIV awareness when so many young kids are having sex without protection? Where's the accountability, I wonder, in the effectiveness of such programs.
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    Jul 18, 2012 4:02 PM GMT
    stevee90 saidi think the most shocking finding mentioned in this article is that only less than half of those participants used protection while engaged in anal sex. I really hope that number is NOT an accurate representation of the safe-sex practicing gay/bisexual men overall.



    U should see the bb trend in Chicago. It's crazy. My friends have told me so many stories of btms wanting bb and taking "yeah I'm negative" as truth. Majority of cases of HIV transmission occur when people think they are negative.
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    Jul 18, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
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    stevee90 saidi think the most shocking finding mentioned in this article is that only less than half of those participants used protection while engaged in anal sex. I really hope that number is NOT an accurate representation of the safe-sex practicing gay/bisexual men overall.



    U should see the bb trend in Chicago. It's crazy. My friends have told me so many stories of btms wanting bb and taking "yeah I'm negative" as truth. Majority of cases of HIV transmission occur when people think they are negative.


    I had a young guy just recently offer to let me bareback him. He said he was HIV neg after a certain date but I pointed out to him that he could have been non detect when he was tested and also could have been infected after the test. I also pointed out to him that he couldn't be certain that I was negative as we just met and he did know how trustworthy I was. Needless to say nothing happened between us. I think he didn't appreciate the education I was trying to give him.

    Another young guy I met online and had been flirting with for months before we actually met told me he just tested HIV pos and had been depressed. He said he sometimes didn't use condoms because it was all about the semen. Now he is HIV pos and his life is changed.

    Still another guy I had been chatting with online for months revealed to me he is HIV pos.

    I do not know the statistical odds of meeting two HIV pos guys within days of of each, other but i know it was a wake up call to me as to how prevalent HIV is in the community and how some people are willing to play reckless. All three guys were early thirties or mid to late twenties.

    GUYS GET TESTED.
    KNOW YOUR STATUS.
    SAFER SEX ALWAYS.
    EARLY DETECTION IS IMPORTANT IN THE TREATMENT OF HIV.

    REMEMBER NO ONE IS GOING TO CARE MORE FOR YOUR HEALTH THAN YOURSELF.
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    Jul 18, 2012 8:06 PM GMT
    Did you guys know a negative guy can be positive for herpes? Yup.. thats a LIFE long infection.. Hows about HPV? Yup those are LIFETIME too!

    No glove, no HIV, ....plenty of herpes,HPV et al FOR LIFE!
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    Jul 20, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    stevee90 saidagain, i am not talking about people who don't practice anal sex, but rather those who do. The fact that within that 40% of those who do have anal sex a good majority of them don't use protection is any less of a relief than looking at it in a different light.


    Sorry for delayed response. Thread must've gotten away from me.

    I agree with you that anyone having anal should wear protection because the risk is so high and I agree with you that, at least on first glance, no other light brings immediate relief, but maybe it can bring some hope.

    Why might we want to break down overall stats to see if any particular group is being more unsafe than others?

    Because knowing that anal sex is more common with ages 18-24, for instance, or knowing if there's any particular ethnic group, race, whatever, which fails moreso than others to practice safer sex means that once identified, they can be targetted with limited resources of funding for education to possibly modify behavior so as to bring the relief that at first glance didn't look to be there simply by breaking down the stats.