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Three Reasons Gay Guys Are More Likely To Acquire HIV

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Three Reasons Gay Guys Are More Likely To Acquire HIV

As a gay or bi guy, you’re much more likely to acquire HIV through unprotected sex than your average straight guy. Ever wondered why?

Here's why gay & bi men are over represented in HIV diagnoses in Aotearoa. 

1. It’s much easier to get HIV from anal sex

It’s been scientifically proven that anal sex is riskier than vaginal sex when it comes to HIV. Eighteen times riskier to be exact. There are two reasons for this. First, the cells in the ass are much more susceptible to HIV than cells in the vagina. Second, both semen and rectal mucosa (the lining of the ass) carry more HIV than vaginal fluid. Combine this with the fact that gay and bi guys have much more anal sex than straight guys, and you’ve got yourself a lot more risk right there.

2. There are already a lot of gay and bi Kiwis living with HIV.

In a recent Auckland study, 1 in 15 gay and bi guys were found to have HIV. So, if you’re a guy hooking up with other guys, you’re more likely to meet someone who has HIV (and according to that same study, there’s a 20 percent chance that person with HIV doesn’t know it yet).

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People are 18 times more likely to acquire HIV through anal sex than vaginal sex.

3. We’re more closely connected than you might think.

The reality is that there are fewer gay and bi guys than there are straight men and women. So when you’re meeting a guy for casual sex, the pool of people you have to choose from is smaller.

This makes gay and bi guys much more closely connected, sexually, than the rest of the population. It also allows HIV and other STIs to spread quickly among us.

Now go get tested! 

Knowing your HIV status means you can get access to treatment and support, as well as prevent yourself passing it on to others.

Using condoms and lube every time you have anal sex is the most wide-spread and effective method we have to prevent HIV. The more times you have anal sex without condoms, the more often you should test.

Book a free and confidential HIV rapid test, with results in 20 minutes.

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