CHEST’s research made a splash in 2013 - at public health conferences, on social media, and in national news. Here’s a look at five of our most popular research findings.
1. 1 in 10 Grindr users reported to CHEST that they have never had an HIV test in their lifetime. CHEST researcher Jon Rendina says, “men [may be] sharing potentially inaccurate HIV status information with their partners on Grindr,” especially when one-third of these men reported that they were HIV-negative despite having never been tested. Click here to read more about our Grindr research findings on Huffington Post.
2. Penis size matters - especially the girth, which correlates strongly to reports of condom breakage and slippage. Condom comfort impacted men with smaller than average penises along with men with larger than average penises. “A one-size-fits-all approach to condom distribution may not be an ideal approach for many individuals,” says Dr. Grov. Click here for more information about CHEST’s finding on penis size and sexual health from Psychology Today.
3. Gay and bi men continue to rank HIV as their top health concern. HIV/STDs ranked first, with mental health and substance use tied for second place. “These findings are promising for HIV prevention providers because they suggest many gay and bisexual men still recognize HIV as a top issue for the gay community,” says Dr. Grov. Click here for Queerty.com’s article on these findings.
4. In gay couples, three isn’t always a crowd. Our research into monogamy and commitment among gay and bisexual men found that many couples are not strictly monogamous - by choice. Dr. Parsons states, “Our findings suggest that certain types of non-monogamous relationships - especially ‘monogamish’ ones - are actually beneficial to gay men, contrary to assumptions that monogamous relationships are always somehow inherently better.” Here’s what Huffington Post wrote about our findings.
5. LGBT members of the US Military face harassment, victimization, and reduced job opportunities. CHEST presented the results of our LGBT Military Study at the 141st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Key findings included that a majority of gay and bisexual men in the military were engaging in safer sexual practices; however, experiencing harassment within the military was associated with a greater frequency of unprotected anal intercourse, particularly among those who were actively serving in the military in the past year. Click here to read more about CHEST’s LGBT Military Study on our Tumblr Blog.