A new study claims that gay men in serious relationships are more likely than gay men who have casual sex to engage in behaviors that put them at risk for HIV transmission. The study, out of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, included 122 men ages 16-20 and was conducted over the course of two years. The findings were published in Health Psychology and indicate that programs designed to prevent HIV transmission should focus more on gay male couples.
Brian Mustanski, the lead author of the study, said that men in relationships are significantly less likely to get regularly tested for HIV and other STIs. They are also more likely to have unprotected sex with their relationship partner.
At UPI.com, Mustanski urged gay men, even those in relationships, to get tested on a regular basis:
It isn't enough to ask your partner his HIV status. Instead, both people in a serious, monogamous couple relationship should go and receive at least two HIV tests before deciding to stop using condoms.