While one researcher concedes the findings are "politically volatile," a recent study of gay men in New York City shows the larger a man's penis is, the less likely he is to use a condom, Pink News reports.
Researchers at Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) culled responses to surveys of about 500 attendees at local community events. According to Queerty, some respondents in the survey said they had unprotected sex because they couldn't find the right condom fit, and just 40 percent said they were easily able to find condoms to suit their length and girth.
While larger-sized condoms are available in stores, the one-size-fits-all variety are more readily available -- and often free from health clinics in New York City, the study found.
The risky behavior revealed in the study's data appears to go against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's long-held conclusion that "consistent and correct use of latex condoms is highly effective in preventing sexual transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS."
But the findings are in line with a 2009 Indiana University study indicating that men were more likely to have "negative attitudes" about condom use if they had penises that were bigger or smaller than average.
“This type of public health research is very important, no matter how politically volatile," Dr. Jeffrey Parsons, CHEST’s director, wrote on the organization's blog. He added that the findings would enable researchers to better meet the health needs of gay and bisexual men.
The study, "Self-reported penis size and experiences with condoms among gay and bisexual men," will be published in the February 2013 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.
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Gay and bisexual men over the age of 60 reported the highest rates of arousal (80.8% and 84% respectively), while men 18 to 24 were most likely to report "little or no pleasure during the event" (11.9%).
Home Is Where The Sex Is
49.1% of respondents said they had had their last "sexual event" in their home and 28.6% had sex in their partner's home. 7.2% had sex in a hotel or motel, 3.7% in a public space, and 1.6% in a vehicle. Younger participants were more likely to have had sex in a vehicle and those over 40 and/or bisexual were more likely to have had sex in a hotel.
18% said they had sex with a boyfriend/partner, 19% with a casual/dating partner, and 17.3% with a friend.
Makes Mouths Happy
The most common "sexual behavior" reported during the most recent "sexual event" was giving oral sex (75%), followed by kissing on the mouth (74.8%) and receiving oral sex (73.4%).
Anal Sex Not As Popular As You Might Think
35.5% and 33.8% of participants engaged in receptive or insertive anal intercourse respectively. Receptive anal sex was most common among 18-24 year olds and insertive was most popular among 30-39 year olds.
The Pain Game
5.9% of men reported "penile" pain when engaged in insertive anal sex (and of those who reported pain 82.3% said they only felt a "little") while 85.8% of those who had receptive anal sex said they felt little or no pain. Researchers also noted "The proportion of men reporting anal/rectal pain was less common among older age cohorts and pain was significantly more likely among men who self-identified as bisexual."
32.9% of participants used a condom during their last "sexual event" and 45.5% who said they had anal sex reported using a condom.
Daddy's Little Helper
11.2% of men said they had used an erectile medication while 3.6% said their partner did. Only 0.08% of men between 18 and 24 used the drugs while 23.6% of men above the age of 50 and 35.7% of men above the age of 60 said they had.
83.5% of respondents said they experienced an orgasm with those over 60 reporting the lowest percentages for achieving orgasm (72.9%). The study showed that men were "significantly more likely to report orgasm if their sexual partner was a relationship partner."
Most "sexual events" involved between five and nine different sexual behaviors. The most frequent combo (16.2%) included "holding their partner romantically, kissing partner on mouth, solo masturbation, masturbating partner, masturbation by partner, and genital-genital contact." 13.4% liked this version: "holding their partner romantically, kissing partner on mouth, masturbating partner, masturbation by partner, genital-genital contacting, giving oral sex, and receiving oral sex."