Stonewall's ground-breaking research has found that one in four gay and bisexual men have never had an STI test. Three in ten have never had an HIV test.
For young gay men there may be particular problems with trying to practice safer sex. Some young gay men may not feel secure about obtaining or using extra strong condoms for anal sex because if they are seen purchasing or in possession of them it might 'out' them. They also rarely have the benefit of sex education in school in which sexual behaviour between same-sex partners is discussed. This can make it very hard for young gay men to feel comfortable about negotiating safer sex.
Useful links to find out more about safe sex and sexual health for gay and bisexual men are listed on the right of this page.