ISRAEL: A survey conducted by the Israel AIDS Task Force shows the likelihood of a steep rise in HIV infection rates among gay men in the country, reports GayAsiaNews.com.
Of the 989 men who participated in the online poll of gay men, 48 percent reported having unprotected sex at least once this year.
The survey, first reported by haaretz.com, also showed that 34 percent admitted to a small number of such encounters, 6 percent said they used condoms half the time and 8 percent said they use a condom less than half the time.
The findings were published ahead of a conference in Tel Aviv May 29 organized by the task force under the name, “The Community Takes Responsibility.”
The poll taken among users of the Atraf dating site and other Web sites for men who have sex with men was supervised by the director of the HIV/AIDS Center at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Dr. Itzchak Levy.
Levy estimates that one out of every 10 gay men in Tel Aviv is infected with HIV, and that every week at least three gay men are infected with the virus. “The situation that we want to prevent, in which many gay men will be HIV-positive, is not a matter for future predictions, it’s already here.”