SURVEY: Bareback Porn May Discourage Gay Men From Using Condoms

FS Magazine, published by the UK organization GMFA (formerly Gay Men Fighting AIDS), conducted a survey 1,000 of its gay male readers about the impact of pornography in their lives, including specific questions about bareback sex (anal intercourse without protection). Almost 96 percent reported having seen bareback porn, with 69 percent specifying that they like watching it. Disturbingly, 7 percent said that watching bareback porn has led them to have unprotected sex themselves, with an additional 5 percent saying they’re unsure if they’ve been similarly influenced. Still, over half (53.6 percent) said that they think watching bareback porn influences others to have unprotected sex. According to this survey, bareback porn does seem to influence some gay men’s behavior, but not necessarily at the same rates many believe. This November, Los Angeles County will vote on a ballot initiative to ban the production of pornography featuring sex without condoms.