Young gay/bi men's condom use good

Original Article: 

Published in the international journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, the research uses information collected from the 2006-2011 Gay Auckland Periodic Sex Surveys and the Gay men’s Online Sex Survey.

They were carried out by researchers at Auckland University, Otago University, and the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, who investigated patterns in condom use for 2,412 gay and bisexual men aged 16-29, from across the country.

It finds most young gay and bisexual men use condoms as a habit, particularly with their casual partners.

Seventy per cent of the participants reported “frequent” use, defined as always or almost always using condoms in the previous six months.

Most young men who had used condoms frequently with a regular partner also used them with any casual partners they had over this period.

However, over half of young men reported habitually low use of condoms with their regular partner, who researchers say can be an important and often unrecognised source of new HIV infections.

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