'Little change' in condom use among gay men

The last decade has seen little change in the number of homosexual men using gay condoms when having sex.

This is according to the last two National Surveys of Family Growth, which showed that while 57 per cent of gay males had not used this form of protection the last time they had anal sex when questioned in 2002, 58 per cent of respondents said the same when asked between 2006 and 2010.

However, it was also found that while 46 per cent of the minority of men who also had sex with women did not use a prophylactic the last time they had vaginal intercourse, 67 per cent of those quizzed between 2006 and 2010 said likewise.

It was also shown that gay men had fewer sexual partners in the previous year in the second survey compared to the first, with the decline being the most considerable in males aged 24 and younger.