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Posted by: PS | 2006/07/30

How many?

Does anyone know how many gay guys there are in SA? And what percentage of them live in Cape Town?

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Hi PS, welcome to the forum and thanks for posting.

It is impossible to count gay men, for several reasons.... Many people are not honest about their sexual orientation, while many men who have sex with other men continue to describe themselves as heterosexual. Would men who sex with both men and women be included as "gay" or "bisexual"?

It is thus easier to work with the concept of MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) which side-steps issues related to labels and instead addresses behaviour. As part of a study conducted during 2005 by Andy Tucker (of Cambridge University) and myself, we calculated that a probable figure of MSM aged nineteen in SA could be approximately 1 807 300. This was based on international research and the SA census figures of 2001.

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