Study finds US gay men becoming less promiscuous

  • metta

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    May 05, 2013 7:49 AM GMT
    Study finds US gay men becoming less promiscuous

    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/study-finds-us-gay-men-becoming-less-promiscuous050513
  • metta

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    May 05, 2013 7:53 AM GMT
    " Condom use also remained unchanged between 2002 and 2010 with 57 percent of respondents saying they had not used a condom in their last sexual encounter in 2002 compared to 58 percent in 2010. Only 41 percent of respondents had had a HIV test in the past years in both surveys however the number of gay men who had never been tested for HIV dropped from 25 percent to 15 percent.

    Commenting on the results, the researchers wrote that ‘gay men appear to have taken steps that could reduce their HIV risk by using a method that has received little emphasis in HIV prevention programmes for gay men – reducing their number of partners – while not increasing condom use, which has received the most emphasis.’ "
  • calibro

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    May 05, 2013 2:34 PM GMT
    so gays are becoming more boring is what you're saying?
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    May 05, 2013 2:37 PM GMT
    calibro saidso gays are becoming more boring is what you're saying?


    So we're becoming lesbians?
  • NerdLifter

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    May 05, 2013 2:39 PM GMT
    calibro saidso gays are becoming more boring is what you're saying?

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    May 05, 2013 4:16 PM GMT
    Uh no, we are becoming smarter and more in touch with our humanity -- as opposed to being sex-crazed lunatics awash in shame. Now that gay marriage/gay people are gaining widespread acceptance, there is less appeal in subconscious desire of screwing as many men as you can to "fight the oppressors." I think this is great news.
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    May 05, 2013 4:45 PM GMT
    whiskydreams saidUh no, we are becoming smarter and more in touch with our humanity -- as opposed to being sex-crazed lunatics awash in shame. Now that gay marriage/gay people are gaining widespread acceptance, there is less appeal in subconscious desire of screwing as many men as you can to "fight the oppressors." I think this is great news.


    +1
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    May 05, 2013 4:49 PM GMT
    Which means Canadians are becoming bigger whores.

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  • pharmstudent

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    May 05, 2013 4:57 PM GMT
    may be they only surveyed RJ members
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    May 05, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    The opening sentence is:

    "Data from the US National Surveys of Family Growth has shown that gay Americans have become less promiscuous over the decade that same-sex marriage became available to them"

    Well, yes. If you can live openly with a man, and aren't reduced to having constant hook-ups, of course you'll be less promiscuous. We call that monogamy. But it doesn't mean you're having less sex, you may actually be having more.

    And being able to live openly together and even marry, to enjoy the benefits of a stable & supportive family life could also be a factor in the reduction of self-destructive behavior among gays. Which would include reduced drug use and other risky behaviors. When society says you're worthless, even a criminal pervert, you tend to lose self-esteem and act recklessly and with little regard for yourself. Higher esteem results in more responsible behavior.

    As for condoms, if you're both 100% monogamous, and have been tested twice over a 6-month period, and continue to be tested, then you don't need condoms. You can only get HIV and STIs from outside your relationship, they don't occur spontaneously. What's true for straight couples is true for gay ones. No increase in condom use percentages may reflect an increase in stable, monogamous gay relationships, and the resultant decrease in "promiscuity" where condom use is vital.
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    May 05, 2013 5:32 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidThe opening sentence is:

    "Data from the US National Surveys of Family Growth has shown that gay Americans have become less promiscuous over the decade that same-sex marriage became available to them"

    Well, yes. If you can live openly with a man, and aren't reduced to having constant hook-ups, of course you'll be less promiscuous. We call that monogamy. But it doesn't mean you're having less sex, you may actually be having more.

    And being able to live openly together and even marry, to enjoy the benefits of a stable & supportive family life could also be a factor in the reduction of self-destructive behavior among gays. Which would include reduced drug use and other risky behaviors. When society says you're worthless, even a criminal pervert, you tend to lose self-esteem and act recklessly and with little regard for yourself. Higher esteem results in more responsible behavior.

    As for condoms, if you're both 100% monogamous, and have been tested twice over a 6-month period, and continue to be tested, then you don't need condoms. You can only get HIV and STIs from outside your relationship, they don't occur spontaneously. What's true for straight couples is true for gay ones. No increase in condom use percentages may reflect an increase in stable, monogamous gay relationships, and the resultant decrease in "promiscuity" where condom use is vital.


    Very well stated... there's probably a strong correlation between more monogamous relationships and a decrease in condom use
  • tuffguyndc

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    May 05, 2013 5:36 PM GMT
    promiscuous? is study for real? how do they who is having sex and who is not? i think this study is very stupid. OP what do you do all day? U seem to have a lot of time on your hand. U seem to always put threads up like this. most of the time they are intriguing. this one is weird and dumb.
  • Pyre85

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    May 05, 2013 5:49 PM GMT
    I've thought this would happen for a long time.
    Like I've said in the past, with out marriage as a goal, it cheapens the dating process, there's no, "he may be the one!" People don't ask, do you think you'll get married?
    No. We just date and hope for the best, with no next step to look forward to.
    This is not to say people can't be monogamous without marriage, but it's an important psychological developmental option/goal of relationships.
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    May 05, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
    Never found the appeal in promiscuity. Probably because I don't have the look (nor the desire) to be promiscuous.
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    May 05, 2013 6:02 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidThe opening sentence is:

    "Data from the US National Surveys of Family Growth has shown that gay Americans have become less promiscuous over the decade that same-sex marriage became available to them"

    Well, yes. If you can live openly with a man, and aren't reduced to having constant hook-ups, of course you'll be less promiscuous. We call that monogamy. But it doesn't mean you're having less sex, you may actually be having more.

    And being able to live openly together and even marry, to enjoy the benefits of a stable & supportive family life could also be a factor in the reduction of self-destructive behavior among gays. Which would include reduced drug use and other risky behaviors. When society says you're worthless, even a criminal pervert, you tend to lose self-esteem and act recklessly and with little regard for yourself. Higher esteem results in more responsible behavior.

    As for condoms, if you're both 100% monogamous, and have been tested twice over a 6-month period, and continue to be tested, then you don't need condoms. You can only get HIV and STIs from outside your relationship, they don't occur spontaneously. What's true for straight couples is true for gay ones. No increase in condom use percentages may reflect an increase in stable, monogamous gay relationships, and the resultant decrease in "promiscuity" where condom use is vital.


    +1

    In a relationship, I tend to get laid every day. Who can find time to do that with a different man every day? (OIC. In that case, post your phone number. icon_wink.gif ) So, yes, less promiscuity = more sex.
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    May 05, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    this sounds like bull....
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    May 05, 2013 6:32 PM GMT
    What about the many couples who "open" their relationships?
    I think what it really reflects is that the more men "perfect" their bodies, the more imperfect everyone else is, and so they end up being celibate because they are too good for anyone, being more perfect than anyone else, which is so boring. If you want someone just like yourself, go fuck your mirror.
    Working out may make a hunky body, but it doesn't make an interesting mind or spirit, which are much more important.
    Promiscuity was rampant in the 70s and 80s, and it made it very hard to find love, and that is a dangerous thing. Love is the most powerful force in the universe, and going against it is just asking for trouble, seems to me. And if you look for love, you will not get laid very often, unfortunately.
    The fact is, once you have sex with someone, you are in a relationship. That's what it's about. Sex as sport is a myth. And every time you kiss a guy, you are getting all of his germs. So the more, not the merrier, the more load on your immune system. And that is how I survived the 80s to be here today.
  • HottJoe

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    May 05, 2013 6:43 PM GMT
    It's my fault. I never could commit to being with so many guys. In my depraved nature I clung desperately to only one guy.... And right now he's making a huge mess in the kitchen!!! icon_eek.gif
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    May 05, 2013 6:44 PM GMT
    "Between 2002 and 2010 the average number of sexual partners dropped from 2.9 to 2.3 overall and fell from 2.9 to 2.1 among gay men under 24."

    Bullshit. 2-3 partners? In what time period? That needs to be specified. Is that in 2 months, 2 weeks, or a lifetime? Either way, sounds really too low.
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    May 05, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    Dammit! I decide to be sluttier and the rest of the US becomes more prudish. Story of my life...

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    May 05, 2013 6:47 PM GMT
    Who are all these gay men with all this sex? hahahaha, it doesn't surprise me that most guys are as lame as me.
  • tuffguyndc

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    May 05, 2013 6:48 PM GMT
    americans are you so funny. we have to be the only country who veiw sex as a bad thing. a person who has had multiple partners is great for me. that means he knows what he likes and he is able to talk what he does or does not like. if someone tells me they do not hookup and is waiting for the right guy. i usually pass them by. that means they are probably prudes in the bedroom. the only boring i want to have is when i am asleep
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    May 05, 2013 7:04 PM GMT
    TheQuest saidDammit! I decide to be sluttier and the rest of the US becomes more prudish. Story of my life...


    I hate when that happens.
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    May 05, 2013 7:18 PM GMT
    whiskydreams saidUh no, we are becoming smarter and more in touch with our humanity -- as opposed to being sex-crazed lunatics awash in shame. Now that gay marriage/gay people are gaining widespread acceptance, there is less appeal in subconscious desire of screwing as many men as you can to "fight the oppressors." I think this is great news.


    You seem confused. Shame is the guy who can't enjoy sex.

    If promiscuity is a subconscious means of fighting oppression (where in the hell did you get that from? Don't answer; I need not know), then how does your little theory apply equally to str8 white guys? You call that perception smarter? Than what?

    Sadly, your judgmentalism stains your humanity. Fix that.
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    May 05, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    bluey2223 said"Between 2002 and 2010 the average number of sexual partners dropped from 2.9 to 2.3 overall and fell from 2.9 to 2.1 among gay men under 24."

    Bullshit. 2-3 partners? In what time period? That needs to be specified. Is that in 2 months, 2 weeks, or a lifetime? Either way, sounds really too low.


    I read that as per day.