Survey: Bisexuals more likely to go for HIV tests

Published: October 25, 2014

Trinidad Express
Kevin Baldeosingh
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About a quarter of the Caribbean men who have sex with men consider themselves to be heterosexual.

This is one of the findings from the Caribbean Men’s Internet Survey (CARIMIS), done by UNAIDS Caribbean which described it as “the region’s largest study of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men”.

The survey covered 33 Caribbean countries, with a sample 3,567 men ranging in age from 18 to 79 years. However, UNAIDS noted that “the respondents in this study are not representative of all men who have sex with men in the Caribbean. They are, on average, more educated and more likely to access private health care services.” In fact, nearly half of the men who have sex with men (MSM) who took part in the online survey had a university education, but less than ten per cent of the Caribbean population have tertiary qualifications.

More than half—58 per cent—of the respondents described themselves as gay or homosexual, with 24 per cent saying they were bisexual and two per cent claiming to be straight. Of this two per cent, almost a quarter had had sex only with other men in the year before the survey. By contrast, only six per cent of the people who described themselves as gay had had sex with women preceding the survey.

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