"Most HIV-positive men have unsafe sex"

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14 November 2007, AMSTERDAM - A yearly report about the sexual behaviour of HIV-positive men in the Netherlands said more than two-thirds of men infected with the HIV virus have unsafe sex with multiple one-time sexual partners.

14 November 2007

AMSTERDAM - A yearly report about the sexual behaviour of HIV-positive men in the Netherlands said more than two-thirds of men infected with the HIV virus have unsafe sex with multiple one-time sexual partners.

The annual survey, performed by the University of Maastricht and the Schorer Institute - an institute which gives medical advice to homosexuals and bisexuals - was published on Wednesday.

The researchers investigated some 3,700 men. Of all men who participated in the survey, 7 percent say they know they are HIV positive.

The number of homosexual and bisexual men who have unsafe sex increased from 56 to more than 66 per cent.

The vast majority, or 67 per cent of the HIV-positive men, said they also did not inform their sexual partners about their HIV status prior to having unprotected anal sex.

HIV-infected men prefer unsafe sex more than other men, the survey said. The incidence increases with drug use and when the men visit "dark rooms," rooms in bars and saunas where men have sex with anonymous partners, or when they have sexual encounters with people they meet through the internet.

The number of men who asked for an HIV test increased from 60 to 63 per cent over the period of the annual survey.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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