Men who reported having more than five sexual partners a year reported having sex without a condom at double the frequency of respondents with fewer partners, the study showed.
However, men who were infected with HIV were twice as likely as other respondents to use condoms.
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. 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 fact that he was selected requires him to be honest and open,” says the chairman of the LGBT department of the Labor party, Niv Sonis.