August 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Study finds STIs plague New Zealand gays
Auckland, New Zealand, gay news, Washington Blade

Auckland, New Zealand (Photo by Partyzane; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — One in 12 gay or bi men who participated in a health survey in New Zealand in 2011 reported having an STI in the previous year, Gay New Zealand reports. Chlamydia and gonorrhea were the most common.

The study, which has been published by international journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, found having anal sex and more partners were associated with more STIs, the article said.

“Having anal sex and more partners were associated with more STIs” says co-investigator Associate Professor Nigel Dickson, director of the Otago University-based AIDS Epidemiology Group.

“Condoms were protective” the article quoted Dickson as having said. “Men who reported not using condoms about half the time or more when they had anal sex were 70 percent more likely to report STIs compared to men who used condoms more consistently, regardless of whether their partners were regular or casual.”

The findings are based on the Gay Auckland Periodic Sex Survey and national internet-based Gay Online Sex Survey led by Dr. Peter Saxton of Auckland University, in collaboration with Dickson and Tony Hughes from the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. The surveys were funded by the Ministry of Health. Saxton, who heads the Gay Men’s Health Research Group at the University of Auckland, says while HIV is the most serious sexually transmitted infection, others can cause unpleasant problems for gay men, such as the human papiloma virus (HPV) as a threat for anal and oral cancer in infected men.

Other STIs can increase the spread if HIV, Satson said.

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