Sexual behaviours that are most likely to result in acquiring HIV are most common in teenagers, while those behaviours most likely to pass on HIV are most common among men in their thirties. These are some of the results of the 2008 United Kingdom Gay Men’s Sex Survey, released last month.
The survey also suggests that more men than ever have tested for HIV (including one in ten at a GP's surgery) but that less than half had done so in the previous year. There is also some evidence of ‘strategic positioning’ during oral sex and information about behaviours which lead to condoms splitting or coming off.
At the same time, researchers have issued preliminary data from a similar survey conducted across Europe in 2010. With over 180,000 men completing the questionnaire, it is the largest sexual health survey ever conducted with gay and bisexual men.
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