Gay mens sex venues, the men who use them, and gay community perceptions: Insights from a convenience sample of gay men attending a community festival in Melbourne

Anthony M A Smith, Jeffrey W. Grierson, Henry Von Doussa

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Background: Despite being understood as sites for the potential spread of sexually transmissible infections, we know remarkably little about gay men's sex venues and how they are perceived in the gay community. The present paper aims to describe community attitudes to sex venues and towards the gay men who use them. Methods: Self-administered questionnaire at a gay community social event. Results: Men who use gay men's sex venues differ from non-users in relation to their age, the number of casual sexual partners they have, their openness about their sexuality and their comfort with sexualised spaces. Also, not all venues are equal and appear to attract diverse clienteles with particular characteristics. Conclusion: Differentiation among gay men's sex venues and the men who use them may offer opportunities for targeting interventions for sexual health promotion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-181
Number of pages5
JournalSexual Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • homosexual men
  • sex-on-site venues
  • sexual behaviour

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