FS Magazine is reporting that 72% of gay men didn’t use a condom the last time they had anal sex. 31,000 gay men were surveyed about sex, relationships and sexual health. While that percentage seems alarming, 50% of the 72% said they were either in a long-term relationship or married. But that still leaves the rest–a figure way too high, saying they that they didn’t use condoms when hooking up. All we can say is, please don’t go bareback with a casual, first-time hook-up you may never see again. Condoms are your friend, and there are so many new options that feel like you’re going bareback anyway.
According to those who conducted the survey: “When we asked about the HIV-status of the men who didn’t use a condom with a casual partner only 10% of HIV-positive men didn’t. However 90% of the men who believe themselves to be HIV-negative didn’t use a condom the last time they had anal sex with a casual partner.”
“Stats can be great to use,” the Editor Howley noted. “We love using them. But they can be manipulated to create a headline that doesn’t paint a full picture. With this special issue of FS we wanted to give you a fuller picture – away from the click-baiting headlines. This issue will show you a true snapshot of gay men’s sex habits. Read it. Understand it. This survey has opened up my eyes. I hope you all learn something from it too.”