The Melbourne Gay Community Periodic Survey examined the sexual and relationship behaviour of gay and bisexual men across the state of Victoria. Having spoken to over 2,800 men, the report found that only 30.6% of respondents claimed to be in a monogamous relationship. This compared to 31.5% who said their relationship was open.
23.3% said they were only engaging with casual partners and 14.6% said they were having no sex at all. The survey also revealed that almost half of the men (48.2%) used mobile apps, such as Grindr, to meet sexual partners. Other popular methods were the internet, gay bars and saunas. The number of men using apps has increased by over 10% in the last four years – from 35.2% in 2012 to 48.2% in 2016.
A similar survey conducted in America found similar results. The number of men having sex with casual partners was the highest the survey has ever recorded. It was also noted that the number of men getting tested for sexually transmitted infections had increased from 11.9% in 2012 to 22.8% in 2016.