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Vital statistics: gay men's sex survey 2000
The results of the gay men's sex survey 2000 have just published. The information below is the outcome of its most recent survey into the attitudes and behaviour of gay men.

The survey was carried out by Sigma Research which collected information from across the UK.

Neil Kittle of Transformation East Network explains the importance of this publication: " We can't be of any benefit to anybody unless we know what current trends are."

An overview of the information gathered for Norfolk last year is provided below.

Of the total respondents, 96% had sex with men and just under 4% had sex with both men and women.   The average age was 30 years old with the youngest respondent being 16 and the oldest being 64.
The majority of respondents were white British (89%) with 7% being black, Chinese or of mixed ethnic backgrounds.   42% currently had no partner with another 42% having a partner of the same HIV status as they were. 14% did not know the HIV status of their partner.
One of the questions focused on the number of sexual partners respondents had had in the last year. For Norfolk, the responses were: 17% had one, 21% had under four, 39% had between 5 and and 12, 17% had between 13 and 19 and only 3% had over 30 partners in the last year.   In Norfolk, respondent knowledge of HIV was good. However, there was less knowledge about other sexually transmitted infections, especially Gonorrhoea. This is particularly relevant because both oral and anal gonorrhoea are significant co-factors in HIV transmission.
When asked about having an HIV test, 53% had never been tested and 46% had had an HIV test. Areas with similar numbers of people never having tested were Liverpool, Blackburn and parts of the north east and Birmingham. Areas that had greater percentage of tested men were the urban areas of London, Hull, Brighton and Manchester. All of these cities have had high profile HIV testing campaigns in the last year.   Just over 46% of respondents knew someone who was HIV positive, this was comparable with other non-metropolitan cities. London, Manchester, Birmingham and Brighton showed significant numbers of men who knew another positive person. This could be because these cities had significant HIV treatment centres which may be the reason for greater concentrations of HIV positive men.
Norfolk respondents topped the list in terms of condom availability, with 92% saying that they did not have any problem with getting hold of condoms (although the survey did not look at actual condom use).   To find out more about where you can get testing for and advice about sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, link to our information page
Or look at the HIV test page to find out what happens when you go for a test.

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