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Your gay sex habits have been under the microscope at Emory University. Now data is starting to surface from gay male oversharing-with-a-cause that sheds light on sexytime fun of the same-sex variety.

We first told you a year ago that researchers were getting with their gays and getting personal by asking detailed questions about your boozing, bottoming and all manner of other sex habits. Now the ongoing “Sex Is The Question” survey releases preliminary results of your self-reported sex-tra-curricular activities from December 2013 to May 2014. The news is not exactly encouraging when it comes to HIV, condoms, and what we really do in the bedroom.

More than 10,000 gay men told their tales in the first set of results. Texas and Georgia are among the states that rank highest in participation in the study, so you can start to draw direct conclusions from the results to what’s happening in your neck of the woods – like that two-thirds of poz gay men do condomless anal sex without even knowing the status of their partner.

That’s just the beginning. When it comes to the survey’s core areas of study – testing history, drug and alcohol use, sex practices and HIV prevention services exposure – it’s a deep well of insight into gay male sexual behaviors.

Most participants had anal sex without a condom with another man in the past 12 months. The proportion who had anal sex without a condom was significantly higher among HIV-positive participants compared to HIV-negative/unknown status participants (72.24% versus 61.24%, respectively;P<.001).

Compared to HIV-negative/unknown status participants, a larger proportion of HIV-positive participants had anal sex without a condom with their last male sex partner who was discordant/unknown status (13.62% versus 42.95%, respectively;P<.001).

Among those who were HIV-positive, Hispanic participants were less likely than white participants to report anal sex without a condom in the past 12 months, and black participants were less likely than white participants to report anal sex without a condom with an HIV-negative/unknown status partner

Participants 18-24 years of age were more likely to report anal sex without a condom with an HIV-negative/unknown status partner compared to participants ≥40 years of age. Nearly two-thirds of HIV-positive participants 18-24 years reported anal sex without a condom with a partner who was either HIV-negative or of unknown status.

So younger participants are way more likely to engage in riskier behaviors. OK, we knew that,but still it’s hard to digest every time the evidence stacks up against gay lives like a precarious Jenga puzzle, no matter whatAtlantaorHoustonneighborhood you live in orother STD you’re carrying.

The news is even a little more bleak for condomless sex on Grindr, Scruff and the like, or as the study's boner-kill scientists call them, “geospacial social networking.”

Compared to participants recruited from the general social networking website, those from other websites had significant differences sexual behaviors.

Participants from gay social networking websites were less likely to report anal sex without a condom, but those from a geospatial social networking website were more likely to report this behavior.

Participants from gay social networking and geospatial social networking were more likely to report anal sex without a condom with an HIV-positive/unknown status partner [than from general social networking websites].

More than 10 percent of self-reported HIV-negative or unknown-status guys and 3 percent of poz guys also reported having condomless vaginal sex with women in addition to male partners.

As for those boozy-bottoming questions? The results are in, and y’all can drink and drug, girl! Again, especially if you’re younger and on “geospacial social networks.” The good news is that the difference for poz and neg guys was “statistically insignificant,” according to scientists. The bad news is that unhealthy over-indulgence is par for well over half of the gay men surveyed.

Approximately half of participants reported binge-drinking alcohol in the past 12 months (55.53% for HIV-positive, 58.27% for HIV-negative or unknown status).

Among participants who were HIV-positive, those 25-29 years of age were more likely to report using illicit drugs and binge drank alcohol compared with those ≥40 years of age. More than half of those 25-29 years of age reported using illicit substances, and more than three-quarters reported binge drinking alcohol in the past 12 months.

Compared to participants recruited from a general social networking website, those from gay general interest websites were less likely to report binge drank alcohol. …

Compared to participants ≥40 years of age, those 18-29 were more likely to report using illicit substances and binge drinking alcohol. Approximately one-third of these younger participants reported using illicit substances and three-quarters reported binge-drinking alcohol in the past 12 months.

Compared to participants from the general social networking website, those from gay social networking websites were less likely to report substance use and those from a geospatial social networks were more likely to report substance use.

By now you’ll also notice a trend that applies to the testing piece of the survey as well: Younger men and men on geo-networking cruise apps get tested for HIV less often than their counterparts. Dig into the full report, and add your experiences to the ongoing research by clicking here in metro Atlanta, orclicking here from Greater Houston.

[Journal of Medical Internet Research]

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