STUDY: Condom Use Habits Among Gay Couples Vary By Race

A new study shows that gay couples tend to take different approaches to using condoms depending on their race. Among black gay men, who face the highest risk of HIV infection, rarely discuss using protection, but tend to use it by default (it was “just understood”) regardless of either partner’s status. White couples, on the other hand, tended not to use condoms, often evaluating the risk of infection based on the health and viral load of the HIV-positive partner. In cases where couples broke from their agreement and didn’t use protection, black couples tended to get tested and revert back to using condoms while white couples persisted in not using them. This “calculated risk” that many couples are taking reflects a disturbing leniency toward the virus developing in conjunction with advances in treatment and prevention. (HT: Queerty.)