Study: 80 Percent Of Gay Men In London Have Unprotected Sex With Strangers
A sobering study from London's University of Westminster reveals eye-opening stats regarding sex in the modern gay world.
After interviewing 160 gay men in London, researchers have found that:
- 8 out of 10 gay Londoners have unprotected sex with strangers
- 70 percent find bareback sex "more pleasurable"
- 94 percent of those surveyed said they're more likely to have unprotected sex with "a good looking guy"
Authors of the study (which was first reported at PinkNews) posit GPS cruising apps and the proliferation of bareback porn as culprits for the alarming statistics. “Although these apps are free, the price they pay might be higher than any presume,” researcher Milan J. said in the study.
Jason, a 25-year-old HIV+ study participant, told researchers he's "addicted" to Grindr.
“I was constantly checking it meeting guys to have sex with," he reports in the study. "It became a habit and I spent all my free time and days off meeting and having sex, then going to group sex parties where I tried drugs and had long sessions of unprotected sex with guys often not aware of what was happening. I was recently diagnosed with HIV and I blame my lifestyle for it."
The new study was a catalyst for University of Westminster students, who've launched the "AIDS IS NOT DEAD" campaign in response.
“We call for the government to increase prevention funding for everyone," campaign spokesman Alex Filicevas told PinkNews," and make sex education an all-round informative and compulsory subject in UK education system."
Are you surprised by the study's results?