Journal of Sexual Medicine doi:10.1111/j.1743-
Fewer than half of the gay and bisexually identified men
surveyed for the current study said their most recent male-
partnered sexual event involved anal intercourse.
The researchers sought to document the sexual behaviors
reported by gay and bisexual men and to describe the
situational characteristics and participants' evaluation of
the events. "Recent nationally representative studies
documenting event-level sexual behavior have included samples
that are predominantly heterosexual, resulting in limited
information on the sexual repertoire of gay and bisexually
identified men," the authors wrote.
The team used an Internet survey to collect data from 24,787
gay and bisexually identified men from 50 US states and the
District of Columbia. The measures included items relating to
sociodemographics, recent history of sexual behavior,
situational characteristics, orgasm, and ratings of arousal
Respondents ranged in age from 18 to 87 with a mean age of
39.2 years. Most (79.9 percent) identified as homosexual.
Ethnicities represented included white (84.6 percent), Latino
(6.4 percent,) and African-American (3.6 percent).
Kissing a partner on the mouth was the most commonly reported
behavior (74.5 percent), followed by oral sex (72.7 percent)
and partnered masturbation (68.4 percent). Anal intercourse
was reported by 37.2 percent of respondents; the highest level
of participation in anal sex (42.7 percent) was reported by
men ages 18-24.
The most common location for sex was the participant's home
(46.8 percent), with fewer men reporting locations including
hotels (7.4 percent) and public places (3.1 percent). Most men
(63.2 percent) said their most recent sexual event included
five to nine different sexual behaviors.
"These data provide one of the first examinations of sexual
behaviors during the most recent male-partnered sexual event
among gay and bisexually identified men in the United States,"
the authors concluded. "Findings from this study suggest that
gay and bisexually identified men have a diverse sexual
repertoire and that partnered sexual behaviors are not limited
solely to acts of penile insertion."