In NYC study, straight women more likely than gay men to have unprotected anal sex

Posted on 22 Apr 2010 at 12:37pm

A new report by the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says that women have unprotected anal sex at a higher rate than men.

According to the study, “more than 100,000 New York City women engage in anal intercourse each year.”

The study also found that women who use a condom go for HIV tests more frequently than women who have unprotected sex. Also, doctors are less likely to offer these women HIV testing.

Unprotected anal sex is more common among women with multiple sex partners and younger women.

Women 18 to 24 are six times more likely to have unprotected anal sex than women 45 to 64 and 15 percent of women with three or more sex partners reported having anal sex.

The report, of course, recommends always using a condom when engaging in anal sex and that health providers should offer HIV and STD testing to all patients regardless of their sexual orientation.

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