Gay men are having sex with fewer partners according to a new report.
Data from the last two National Surveys of Family Growth indicated that gay and bisexual men reported fewer partners in the previous year in a survey conducted between 2006 and 2010 compared to one conducted in 2002.
According to the report:
The mean number of male sexual partners MSM reported in the previous year fell significantly from 2.9 to 2.3 between the two surveys (p = 0.035) and was more marked in men under 24 years old (mean 2.9 to 2.1 partners, p = 0.027). The number of partners also fell in men aged 35 to 44 from 3.0 to 2.2, though this was not quite statistically significant (p = 0.07).
Among the other revelations the data found: In 2002, 57 percent of men had not used a condom the last time they had anal sex, compared to 58 percent in 2006-2010. Meanwhile, while the proportion of those surveyed who also had sex with women decreased (from 38 to 25 percent), condom use among this group also dropped.
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Check out a selection of statistics from the report below.
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NSFG interviewed 4928 and 10403 men in 2002 and 2006 to 2010, respectively. Of these, 197 and 272 reported having a male sexual partner in the last year.
There were no changes in condom use for anal sex. In 2002, 57 percent of men had not used a condom the last time they had sex and in 2006 to 2010 the proportion was 58 percent.
Fewer men reported transactional sex (sex for money or drugs) in the last year (down from 15 to 3 percent) and fewer men said they had injected drugs or had had sex with someone who had injected drugs (from 12 to 5 percent).
In 2002 and 2006 to 2010, 41 percent of men said they had had an HIV test in the last year and in the case of STI check-ups 38 percent reported having one in 2002 and 39 percent in 2006 to 2010.
The proportion of men who had never had an HIV test, however, fell from 25 to 15 percent.
The proportion of men who have sex with men (MSM) who had had female partners also decreased from 38 to 25 percent.