Free shipping over $99 | Interest Free *no credit check* financing is available!

The Number Of Men Who Have Never Had An HIV Test Is Staggering

by Derek de Koff June 27, 2016

HIV test

Judging by new data, approximately one third of gay men don’t know their HIV status, and about one in four gay men have never been tested for HIV in their lifetime.

The information comes from the 2014 National Gay Men’s Sex Survey; the largest sexual health survey of homosexual men in the United Kingdom.

Pink News reports that only 77% of gay and bisexual guys have ever been tested for HIV, and one in four have never ever had an HIV test. About 36% are unaware of their current HIV status.

Related: Honest Confessions From Men With HIV

The website reports that 55% of gay and bisexual men had been tested in the past 12 months, which is up from 36% in the 2010 survey.

Cary James, the Head of Health Promotion at Terrence Higgins Trust, said:

“The Gay Men’s Sex Survey gives us a well rounded view of the landscape in which we’re working, since the data comes from gay and bisexual men themselves. These findings will help shape future sexual health promotion and HIV prevention tactics.

We’re concerned that a third of gay men are not definite about their HIV status – particularly as we know that one in seven men who have sex with men are undiagnosed.

“Knowing your HIV status is key to tackling the HIV epidemic, as people who are on treatment are highly unlikely to pass on the virus, so it’s really important to get tested. Testing is fast, easy and confidential.”


“Studies have suggested that condoms have prevented 80,000 infections since the start of the HIV epidemic.

“But this survey shows that perfect condom use is not a reality for everyone.

“We must continue to champion safe sex messages to gay men, but we also need to tackle prevention on all fronts if we are to beat this epidemic.

“That means regular testing, successful treatment and, critically, PrEP – in addition to condoms.”

Related: Want To Attend A “Sex Roulette” Party And Catch HIV From A Handsome Stranger?

Another notable statistic: one in three gay men had had unprotected anal sex with one or more non-monogamous party in the last year.

According to lead researcher Dr. Ford Hickson of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine:

Our findings show that not all men having gay sex are accessing sexual health services regularly.

“Half of the men we surveyed didn’t know that doctors in the UK recommend they test for HIV at least once a year.”

Derek de Koff
Derek de Koff


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Think

Mike Yenni Responds To The Whole Sexting-With-A-Teen-Boy Scandal Then Promptly Goes Into Hiding

by Graham Gremore September 30, 2016

It’s been a rough day for Mike Yenni, the “happily married with one daughter” Republican from Louisiana who was just outed for allegedly having an affair with a 17-year-old Catholic school boy. According to local New Orleans news station WWL-TV, 40-year-old Yenni, the former mayor of Kenner, LA and current Jefferson Parish President, allegedly sexted with the teenager while he was [...]

Continue Reading →

Everyone Is Freaking Out About Solange’s New Album “A Seat At The Table”

by Derek de Koff September 30, 2016

Solange’s first offering since 2012’s EP True dropped today, and critics haven’t been stingy with superlatives when describing the rush of listening to the album. Related: Beyonce Speaks Out Against Anti-LGBT Law, Says “Y’all Means All” The Guardian calls A Seat at the Table “a stately, sprawling celebration of black identity” that displays an “artful, keening single-mindedness.” Mashable gushed that “her ethereal [...]

Continue Reading →

Teen’s Story About Hooking Up With Married Politician Sounds Awfully Like Mike Yenni

by Graham Gremore September 30, 2016

So we already told you about Mike Yenni, the conservative politician from Louisiana who was just outed for allegedly having an affair with an anonymous 17-year-old Catholic school boy/mall food court employee. Local Louisiana news station WWL-TV broke the story last night. Well, we think–emphasis on the word think–we’ve found the guy. His name is Alex Daigle and he’s 19 now, [...]

Continue Reading →