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Study dispels myths about gay sexual behaviour

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jan 12, 2017, 3:17 pm IST
Updated Jan 12, 2017, 3:40 pm IST
It is unlke what many people think about sex among gay men
Gay men research much more before going ahead with sex while also checking for infections. (Photo: AFP)
 Gay men research much more before going ahead with sex while also checking for infections. (Photo: AFP)

Dating applications have worked wonders for people with the right swiping and relationships for many. While Tinder is still popular, Grindr – the dating application for gay people is equally active. However, there are many organisations that think gay people do not interact in gay communities or practice unsafe sex and there is a need for sexual health advice.

According to a recent report in The Georgia Straight, a study regarding the sex lives of gay people said that the information is untrue and gay people are quite informed if not well informed. The most forms of involvement by gay people usually revolved around gay news, attending gay bars or pubs, watched and participated in gay pride parade.

The study also found that gay men spent most of their time online talking to other gay or bisexual men but had a lesser emotional inclination to communities. Associate Researcher Nathan Lachowsky who spoke to the paper said that guys who used applications preferred personal interaction rather than community oriented interaction. "It's more the fact that these guys tend to operate more with their friends…and that particular social network for them might be more important than the broader gay community," he said.

Interestingly, people who seek sex online were twice more likely to take precaution and ask other men about HIV infections before indulging in sex. Gay men also focused on educating themselves about sexual health unlike popular belief, which is a positive.

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