We've got good news and bad news. The good news is, you're much less likely to be having sex for money or drugs lately. Good job! But you also are getting laid less, especially if you're young and short on cash. So sorry.
That's according to the latest National Survey of Family Growth. Atlanta-specific gay sex surveys have given us many insights in the past, including our penchant for getting it on in the rectory and tendency to round up one year, while taking an honesty pill about our packages the next year. So what did this latest national survey say about you?
You're getting laid less.
The survey results showed that the average number of male sexual partners that MSM (men who have sex with men) had in the previous year fell from 2.9 to 2.3. Which is survey-speak for “your cobwebs have cobwebs.”
You're getting laid less, especially if you are young and poor.
There was more of a significant drop in sexual partners in the last year if you were under 24 years old—from an average of 2.9 to an average of 2.1. The drop was also significant in men with incomes under 150 percent of the U.S. poverty level. So in other words if you make less than about $18,000 a year, you're not only poor but lonely. But hey, chin up. That Liberace movie is almost here!
About 6 in 10 of you are still not using condoms.
Some 58 percent of MSM respondents did not use a condom the last time they had sex. Which either means a lot of them are in trusted, committed relationships, or a lot of them are stupid.
It's getting lonely out there on the bi-way.
The proportion of MSM who had female partners decreased from 38 percent down to 25 percent. So, less of you boys are down with the vajayjay.
Less of you are having sex for money or drugs.
This is what's referred to as “transactional sex,” which would make a great industrial band name. The percentage of MSMs who did it for cash or a high dropped five-fold from 15 percent to 3 percent. U-S-A! U-S-A!
You're getting laid less if you inject drugs.
Are you the average run-of-the-mill heroin user? Tough luck! On several fronts! But especially this one! The percentage of gay guys who had had sex with someone who had injected drugs went down from 12 percent to 5 percent.
Fewer men have never had an HIV test.
In the last survey, a quarter of MSMs had never had an HIV test. This time around, that number dropped to 15 percent. Here is an artist's rendering of those 15 percent.
Check out the full survey results.