Number Of Straight Men Having Gay Sex Is On The Rise, CDC Reports

What a time to be alive!

A new survey released by the Centers for Disease Control shows that more Americans than ever before now identify as bisexual, and that more heterosexual and bisexual men are having sex with other men.

The research surveyed more than 9,000 people in the United States aged 18-44 between 2011 and 2013, recording their types of sexual experiences, whether they identified as gay, straight, or bisexual, and the types of people they’d had sexual contact with.

More women reported being bisexual and having sexual contact with someone of the same sex more than men, but a surprising new trend shows an uptick in men having sex with men.

CNN reports:

Higher numbers of both women and men identified as bisexual, 5.5% of women and 2% of men, compared with 3.9% and 1.2% respectively in the last survey.

Women were also more likely than men to report having same-sex sexual contact. Compared with 17.4% of women, only 6.2% of men said they had ever had this activity.

LGBTQ Nation adds:

A bit of basic math: If 1.9 percent of men said they were gay and 2 percent said they were bisexual — but 6.2 percent said they had engaged in same-sex sexual activity — that means 2.3 percent of men engaging in same-sex sexual activity are straight. Or at least straight-identifying.

Speaking with CNN, human sexuality expert and author Debby Herbenick suggested the research could provide valuable feedback to help improve public health initiatives.

“There are real effects when you find out what people are doing sexually that can translate into safer sex, sex education, (and) informing doctors and nurses (about) what people are doing so they can talk with them in more informed and compassionate ways,” she said.

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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