A recent survey of 1,000 gay men by FS magazine, regarding the world of porn, has revealed that 98% of gay men watched it, with almost one in four watching daily and just over three-quarters viewing porn more than once a week.

Those statistics may not sound too surprising, but it has brought up a discussion regarding bareback sex in porn – and the affects it has on unprotected sex. Almost 96% of those surveyed had watched at least some bareback porn, but fewer than 7% felt that it had led to them personally having unprotected sex. However, over half of the men believed that watching bareback porn can lead to others having unprotected sex.

Is the glamorisation of bareback porn in adult movies making it seem more appealing to the everyday gay guy? According to porn actor Dean Monroe it is;

‘Porn is sometimes the first taste of sex a young person gets, so naturally what they see on screen, they might emulate in life. Every scene should show the model putting the condom on.’

The Terrence Higgins Trust is currently running a number of campaigns such as Summer Lovin’ and the Condom Moment video to promote safe sex. They’re hoping this will decrease the number of sexually transmitted infections caused by not using a condom.

53% surveyed believed that watching bareback porn can lead to others having unprotected sex.

Matthew Hodson of GMFA, who publish FS, said, ‘It’s impossible to say precisely how much impact watching porn has on people’s behaviour, but it seems that many people, gay or straight, learn about sex from porn, and perhaps this is even more true for gay men, as we are less likely to get a gay sex education at school.’

However Liam Cole, a producer of bareback porn, thinks slightly differently; ‘My porn is not a fantasy, it’s a record of how some gay men fuck. Bareback sex doesn’t take much encouragement.’

Other findings from the survey showed that half of the participants had filmed themselves having sex, and of these, almost a quarter had uploaded their recordings to the internet.

Do you think watching bareback sex in porn can glamourise it to seem more appealing? What do you make of the rest of the survey results? Tweet us @SoSoGay and tell us your thoughts.

The full results of the survey can be found in the latest issue of FS magazine which is available for free in gay venues and GUM clinics in London. Alternatively it can be viewed at www.fsmag.org.uk. FS magazine is now also available to download on your iPhone, iPad or Android device for free.

 

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JM is a 25-year-old Essex turned London boy. Will do anything for Percy Pigs.