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Australia: Married Men Would Rather Die Than Admit Their Gay Affairs

April 24, 2007

A University of Sydney survey has found that many Australian men who are involved in heterosexual relationships and also have sex with other men say they would commit suicide before admitting their secret. "Instead of hurting their wives or damaging their marriage or ending up with nothing, they would rather kill themselves," said researcher Jeff Hudson.

The survey polled 240 western Sydney men recruited via the Internet and from sex-on-premises venues. All the men were married or in a heterosexual relationship, and all also had sex with men.

While many men indicated they were trying to shield their wives from upsetting information, Hudson said they could also be exposing the women to STDs. At the least, such men should be honest with their doctors, he said.

"Health professionals should know it occurs. If someone comes in to get a test at the doctor because they're sick, just because they're married, the doctor would not say you should have an [STD] check or HIV check," Hudson said. "That's where often the disease spread happens, because these men don't see themselves as at risk or at risk for their wives because they don't identify with the usual gay or bisexual man, so the health professionals don't ask about sexual history."

Hudson presented the results of his survey, "A Study of Married Men Who Have Sex with Men (MMSM): Understanding Issues, Optimizing Healthcare and Informing the Community," at the recent World Congress for Sexual Health in Sydney.

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Adapted from:
Australian Associated Press
4.16.2007; Katelyn John

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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