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Gay Men Decrease Number Of Partners, While Condom Use Also Dips: Survey

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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.

Check out the full report here.

Check out a selection of statistics from the report below.

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