So you think gay men are promiscuous?

Published: October 19, 2010

Gay men sleep around much more than straight men. That’s true, isn’t it? Even gay people would admit that, right? The infection rates of STIs from gonorrhoea to HIV tell that story. It is unequivocal. Or so you might think.

Last week one of the world’s largest dating websites, OkCupid, collated and published the results of their user "match" questions, which are designed to find out as much as they can about their 4 million members in order to help them find dates. The statistics are startling.

There is only a one percentage point difference between heterosexuals and homosexuals in their promiscuity: 98% of gay people have had 20 or fewer sexual partners; 99% of straight people have had the same number. Tellingly, OkCupid found that it is just 2% of gay people that are having 23% of the total reported gay sex.

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