No proof 1 in 4 Caribbean men gay says UN agency

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday, August 20, 2012 – UNAIDS, the joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS, has categorically denied that it is the source of a story circulating in the regional media stating that one in every four Caribbean men is bisexual.

Moreover, UNAIDS Caribbean says this statistic is not based on facts.

“The story’s claim that a UNAIDS study found that quarter of the region’s men are bisexual is misleading and of no merit,” a statement from UNAIDS said.

It said the Caribbean Men’s Internet Survey—the first ever online study of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the region—has not yet been finalised as country-specific data is currently being analysed.

“Of the overall sample (of MSM who responded to the survey), 23 per cent declared themselves to be bisexual. This is far different from one in four Caribbean men being bisexual as suggested in the story,” the statement said.

“Additionally, the sample size of the survey was 3,566 and not 2,566 as the report stated.”

Findings will be finalised by the end of October and will be released to the regional media directly through the UNAIDS Caribbean regional support team.  Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)