AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 298–304 | Cite as

Sex Partying Among Gay Men in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia

  • Garrett Prestage
  • Ian Down
  • Andrew Grulich
  • Iryna Zablotska
Original Paper


Group sex is relatively common among gay men, and is a likely risk factor for infection with HIV and other sexually transmissible infections (STI). The 5,432 participants in the 2008 Gay Community Periodic Survey in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia, were asked about their participation in group sex. Nearly half (44.0%) of those who reported sex with casual male partners in the previous 6 months also reported engaging in group sex. Among other factors, using drugs odds ratios (OR) and confidence intervals (CI) (OR = 1.89, CI = 1.61–2.21), being HIV-positive (OR = 1.62, CI = 1.13–2.32), and engaging in anal intercourse, both with a condom (OR = 3.03, CI = 2.46–3.73) and without a condom (OR = 5.68, CI = 4.53–7.12) were independently associated with having engaged in group sex. This study suggests that gay men who engage in group sex represent an important priority for targeted HIV and STI prevention activities and research.


Gay men Group sex HIV Sexual behaviour Condoms 



The authors thank the New South Wales Health Department (Sydney), the Victorian Department of Human Services (Melbourne), and the Queensland Health Department (Brisbane). The National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, and the National Centre in HIV Social Research, are funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. We also thank the AIDS Council of New South Wales, PLWHA (NSW), the Victorian AIDS Council, PLWHA (Victoria), the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities, and Queensland Positive People for collaboration with the project, and the men who have participated in the Gay Community Periodic Surveys over the years.

Conflict of Interest

All authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Garrett Prestage
    • 1
  • Ian Down
    • 1
  • Andrew Grulich
    • 1
  • Iryna Zablotska
    • 1
  1. 1.National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical ResearchUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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