Gay men in the UK report a wide range of behaviors and "tactics" for safer sex

gay corridorGay men in the United Kingdom employ a wide range of tactics and precautionary behaviors to avoid risk during sex - condom use is just one way men protect themselves and their partners.

Avoiding sex with partners of different HIV serological status, knowing their current viral load, using lubricants for intercourse and regular testing were all widely cited behaviors.

The data come from 2014 homosexual men, published yesterday (21 / 06 / 2016). The report also highlights gaps in knowledge about HIV for men and suggests that alcohol plays as large a role as "chemsex" can lead men to get HIV.

A total of 15.360 among men who have sex with men, live in England, completed the online survey on 2014. Most of them were recruited through gay apps and websites (44%) or social media accounts, accounts associated with Terrence Higgins Trust and community gay organizations (40%).

risk reduction behaviors

Men were asked, "Which of the following would you say are part of your approach to reducing the potential to harm yourself in the exercise of your sex life?" They offered a list of behaviors and tactics and could mark as many options as possible desired.

For men who did not have HIV diagnosed, more widely used tactics were:

  • Using lubricant for sexual intercourse (77%)
  • Avoiding sex with people who have HIV (63%)
  • Sometimes the decline in the number of sexual partners (56%)
  • The use of condoms during insertive anal intercourse (53%)
  • Avoid sex until an STD is cured or have the treatment started (53%)
  • Know your current HIV status (53%)
  • Condom use during receptive sex (50%)
  • Test regularly for STDs (41%)
  • Talk about HIV and / or STIs with potential sexual partners (39%)
  • Using PEP (34%)
  • Dating potential sexual partners "until they get to know each other better" (30%)
  • Avoid using poppers during intercourse (21%)
  • Avoid totally receptive sex (19%)
  • Avoiding insertive sexual intercourse completely (12%).

viral load

The ranking of men diagnosed with HIV was globally similar, but with a number of notable differences. "I made sure my current viral load" was one of the most popular behaviors cited by 72% of men with HIV.

While about half of HIV-negative men cited condom use as a precautionary behavior, only about one-third of men with HIV did so.

Regular STD testing, avoiding sex until STDs were treated, and discussing sexual health with partners were all behaviors most frequently cited by men with HIV.

Gaps in knowledge

Most men who completed the survey had good levels of knowledge about HIV. But there are some notable gaps.

While 96% knew that HIV treatment improves the health of people living with HIV, only 74% were aware that effective HIV treatment also reduces the risk of HIV being transmitted.

99% knew that HIV tests exist but only 88% were aware that recent infections may not be detected in the first few weeks and only 50% were aware of guidelines recommending annual HIV testing in gay men.

But one of the most striking findings, reflecting the need for HIV prevention to continue reporting on most of the basic facts about HIV, was that only 81% were confident that HIV could not be transmitted by kissing, including deep kiss

Alcohol plays a role as large as the drug in acquiring HIV

HIV diagnosed men were invited, "How much do you think alcohol influenced your HIV infection?" They were put on the dangers-the-drink-alcoholic-5similar to this question on recreational facilities and illicit drugs.

Considering that 31% said that alcohol played a role in their HIV infection, 23% thought that other drugs played a decisive role in the contagion. Men diagnosed more recently in the previous year were more likely to attribute their infection to drug use, with 31% doing so.

But more than half of men (58%) said that neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in their becoming HIV positive.

The study also confirmed that the search for the use of drugs associated with "chemsex" is a minority, reported by a limited number of men (in the last four weeks, 5% had used mephedrone, 3% GHB and 2% Crystal Meth). These men were much more likely to live in London and have HIV diagnosed than from non-users.

In contrast, 89% of respondents had consumed alcohol in the previous four weeks.

Roger Pebody

Posted in: 22 June 2016

Translated by Cláudio Souza in Original 28 / 06 / 2016 in Gay men report a wide range of Behaviours to make fri safer

Reference

Hickson F et al. Play Status: Findings of England Gay Men Sex Search 2014. Sigma Research, 2016. (Full report freely available).

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