The objective of this study was to analyse how depression influences sexual desires and activities of gay men to understand the co-occurrence of depressed mood, high sex drive and unprotected anal intercourse with casual partners (UAIC) among some individuals. In 2004, French gay men visiting a major gay Internet site participated in an online survey assessing serological status, numbers of casual partners, sex drive and control over sex drive, UAIC, depression and its impact on sexual desire. 1932 men who had casual partners in the previous year were included in the analysis. HIV-negative men on average had 22 casual partners per annum, and 28% reported UAIC.
Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: Sneg, the French gay business association that is also responsible for HIV-prevention in commercial venues for MSM, and by the French Ministry of Health.
Recorded: Sydney, Australia, April 2007