STUDY: Almost Half of All Gay And Bi Guys Bareback

By: Daniel Villarreal
1.21.2013

Guess what? Almost half of all gay and bisexual men have bareback sex. And guess why? Because "condoms don't feel good."

That's right! A recent study by the New York’s non-profit Community Healthcare Network (CHN) of 725 men who use mobile hook-up apps — "from Australia, South America, Eastern Europe, the UK, Canada, and mostly the US" — found that 47 percent have unprotected sex “always, often or sometimes." According to the study, "81 percent of respondents know HIV is transmitted through 'unprotected anal sex, vaginal sex and, less frequently, oral sex'" and "about 68 percent are afraid to be infected or re-infected and believe people should be more concerned about the [HIV] epidemic."

But of the 47 percent who have bareback sex, almost 85 percent say that they don't use condoms "because condoms don’t feel good," 74 percent say that they don't use condoms because "they act impulsively when sex is at hand" and a significant number of non-condom users said that alcohol and drugs influence their decision to go condomless.

The study didn't necessarily examine whether men who use hook-up apps have higher rates of HIV, nor was there any mention of whether the men in the study were barebacking with monogamous or multiple partners of a given HIV status.

So on one hand, the results are kind of obvious — a lot of men who have sex with men don't use condoms because of the reduced sensation and because of alcohol and drugs make the reckless during sex. But on the other hand, mobile apps could still go a long way to encourage their users to discuss safe sex before hooking up. In fact, it's an idea that's long overdue.

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