Sad, lonely men are way more likely to bareback, study finds

A new study published in the Achieves of Sexual Behavior finds that lonely men are significantly more likely to engage in bareback sex. About 500 Chinese men participated in the study.

Researchers hoped to gain a better understanding of the relationship between mental health and HIV infection among gay and bisexual men. They observed that 26.8 and 35.5% reported moderate-to-severe symptoms of depression, including feeling “hopeless for the future” of experiencing extreme loneliness. In addition to that, researchers learned that men who reported feeling lonely were 66% more likely to have engaged in condomless receptive anal intercourse in the past six months.

“HIV prevention efforts should address the mental health needs of Chinese MSM such as providing safe environments for social support and role models,” researchers concluded. A 2014 study by Gay Times found that that gay and bi men were significantly more likely to engage in bareback sex after using drugs or while drunk. In that study, 30% of respondents admitted that taking drugs had led them to have bareback sex, and 54% admitted to having bareback sex while drunk.

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