According to Pink News, researchers at Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) revealed the risky behavior after they analyse surveys of about 500 attendees at local community events.
Some respondents in the survey said they had unprotected sex because they couldn’t find the right condom fit, and just 40 percent said they were easily able to find condoms to suit their length and girth, according to Queerty.
The study also found that while larger-sized condoms are available in stores, the one-size-fits-all variety is more readily available -- and often free from health clinics in New York City.
The findings are in line with a 2009 Indiana University study indicating that men were more likely to have "negative attitudes" about condom use if they had penises that were bigger or smaller than average.
“This type of public health research is very important, no matter how politically volatile," Huffingtonpost quoted Dr. Jeffrey Parsons, CHEST’s director, as writing on the organization’s blog.
He added that the findings would enable researchers to better meet the health needs of gay and bisexual men.
The study will be published in the February 2013 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.