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The latest, virtually meaningless MSM gay sex survey #HIV #AIDS

The latest, virtually meaningless MSM gay sex survey #HIV #AIDS

I just love this. A survey comes out that samples the behaviours of gay men and without bothering to interpret a bit of the data, it’s pushed thru the internet as “valuable information”. Even better is the insanity of the author at Queerty who makes the jump that gay men are settling down sexually due to the widening acceptance of gay marriage.

What. A. Crock. Of. Shit.  Here’s the piece: (my comments interspersed/bolded)

A new study suggests that gay men generally have “significantly fewer” sexual partners than they did 10 years ago. (let’s see what “significant” means, shall we?)

 

Comparing data from National Surveys of Family Growth in 2002 and between 2006-10, the study shows a consistent decline in sexual partners across most ethnicities and age groups, particularly men under the age of 24.

 

Condom use, or rather, the sad lack thereof, remains unchanged.

 

Key findings include:

* Between 2002 and 2010, the mean number of sexual partners among men who have sex with men (MSM) fell from 2.9 to 2.3 (Um, that’s .6. So, what? you’re having sex with only 40% of the guy?  How does that work? You only suck 40% of his cock?  I got nothing here)

 

* Among men under 24, 2.9 to 2.1; among men 35-44, 3.0 to 2.2

 

* Among men with incomes under 150% of the US federal poverty level, 3.0 to 2.1

 

* Among men living in suburban metropolitan areas, 3.2 to 2.1; the number of sexual partners remained the same among men in city-center areas, 2.6

 

* Among white men, 3.0 to 2.5; among black men, 2.4 to 1.9

 

* In 2002, 57% of men had not used a condom the last time they had sex, compared to 58% in 2006-10 (lack of condom uses goes up by 1%. What’s being missed here – again – is that almost 60% of men aren’t using condoms at all.  More proof that the “use a condom message has outlived it’s usefulness)

 

* Among MSM who also have sex with women (that’s called bisexual), 46% had not used a condom the last time they had vaginal sex in 2002, compared to 67% by 2010

 

* MSM who had had female partners also decreased from 38% to 25%

 

* Fewer men reported transactional sex (sex for money or drugs), down from 15% to 3%

 

* Fewer men said they had injected drugs or had had sex with someone who had injected drugs, down from 12% to 5% (Good stuff here, also missed. THIS is what I’d call significant)

 

* In 2002 and 2006-10, 41% of men said they had had an HIV test in the last year; 38% reported having an STI check-up in 2002 and 39% in 2006-10.

 

* The proportion of men who had never had an HIV test fell from 25 to 15%.


And here’s the winner for asinine comment of the week, also from the same article:

Meanwhile, one factor that could explain the pruding-up/settling down of MSM America could be the legalization of same-sex marriage. Massachusetts became the first state to adopt gay marriage one year after the first set of data was collected.

What? There is no “settling down” in this survey. Of all the demographic groups, there isn’t a drop in any of them that’s a full partner. Anywhere. And this is “significant”? Worse is a critical mistake made in the survey that’s missed entirely (if anyone had bothered to lay off the copy/paste instinct and actually read it)

The data come from the last two National Surveys of Family Growth (NSFGs). The NSFG is a survey of 15 to 44-year-olds; participants are contacted at random by phone but due to lower contact/response rates, people under 24, black people and Hispanic people are ‘oversampled’, i.e. a higher proportion are initially contacted than are in the general population.

Gay men are settling down and this is all due to gay marriage?  News flash for the gay-marriage-solves-everything-in-the-world-drones: gay marriage doesn’t solve everything, and even alluding to that is to cheapen the very notion that it’s important at all.

Give me a fucking break. There is no worthwhile data here other than sex-for-money has dropped considerably as well as IV drug use. Other than that, there’s no news to celebrate here. 

 

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