Sex and Sexuality

After dark: touring a sex club for positive gay men

published: March, 04, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

The always provocative Mark S King turns up the heat and turns the spotlight on sex clubs, serosorting and sensuality.

After dark: touring a sex club for positive gay men

The idea that HIV positive people still want sex is as old as The Denver Principles, the 1983 manifesto drawn up by gay men with AIDS that demanded “as full and satisfying a sexual and emotional life as anyone else.” The document also stated that people with HIV/AIDS have an ethical responsibility to share their status with others. Fast forward to today, and HIV positive gay men are as open as ever about their status and their sexual preferences (setting aside, if we can for the moment, th

Worried about your sexual orientation. Think you might be gay?

published: February, 03, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

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Like sex much? (le français suit)

published: January, 22, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Sexual Health, Sex and Sexuality

CATIE is a pretty sex-positive place (tho’, fortunately, we don’t have to endure the corny disco music). We like sex, and we like it safer. We also appreciate that sex is not everyone’s cup of tea (and we’re cool with that) . .

Like sex much? (le français suit)

. . but if it is yours and you’re an HIV-positive gay man, we have three resources we want to share with you—happy ending guaranteed.  Pozitively Healthy: a gay man’s guide to sex and health in Canada Sex can be a minefield for sexually active HIV-positive gay men. This guide tackles sexual health, top to bottom. It covers the risk of passing on HIV during different sex acts, and it also has sections called “Hard-on, not hard up” and “Coming clean on butt play.” Th

One Hour And Counting: HIV criminalization & controversy

published: November, 18, 2010 Categories // Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

My Positivelite.com editor Brian Finch tipped me off that there was interest from 3rd parties in reproducing a previous blog post of mine entitled ‘Are We All Criminals’

My Positivelite.com editor Brian Finch tipped me off that there was interest from 3rd parties in reproducing a previous blog post of mine entitled ‘Are We All Criminals’ about my experiences with HIV-criminalization and disclosure. Shortly thereafter, I was contacted directly by Matt Mills, an editor of Xtra and a fierce supporter of ending HIV-Criminalization. Matt found the piece ‘courageous’ and valued its potential for creating an honest dialogue around the complexities of HIV-crim

LGBT Healthcare: Healing the Whole Person by Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson

published: November, 10, 2010 Categories // News Categories, Health, Spirituality, Sex and Sexuality

I was at the Gay Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) Conference 2010 in San Deigo. I had the pleasure of listening to Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson speak at the evening plenary on Healing the Whole Person at GLMA.

Rev. Gene Robinson is the ninth bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.  Robinson was elected bishop in 2003 and entered office in March 2004. His public profile as a gay bishop caused much angst amongst the religious right across the Christian world. Personally, find the topic very engaging, interesting as there is hardly any dialogue of religion or spirituality and LGBT or even in HIV/AIDS work or conferences.  There are howev

Is it better?

published: October, 12, 2010 Categories // Sex and Sexuality

Offering only a bandage, the campaign fails to hold others accountable, silences youth, and doesn’t offer any adequate solutions. Look at what it’s telling our youth in crisis.

In the wake of the suicides of Tyler Clementi, Raymond Chase, Seth Walsh , Justin Aaberg, Asher Brown, and Billy Lucas, white, male, hiv-negative, privileged Dan Savage has given North American the viral hit ‘It Gets Better’ Campaign to address queer bullying in schools. Offering only a bandage, the campaign fails to hold others accountable, silences youth, and doesn’t offer any adequate solutions. Look at what it’s telling our youth in crisis. It will get better once we don't subject

Lubricants may increase risk of contracting STIs

published: June, 19, 2010 Categories // Health, Sex and Sexuality

For over 30 years we have heard over and over the importance of using lubricants to minimize trauma to the delicate tissues of the rectum when having insertive anal sex.

For over 30 years we have heard over and over the importance of using lubricants to minimize trauma to the delicate tissues of the rectum when having insertive anal sex. Women who do not have sufficient lubrication are encouraged to use lubricants to minimize trauma to the cells lining the vaginal walls and also when having anal sex. Safer sex workers are out there like busy bees doling out good advice to MSM – wear a condom, use lots of lube before anal sex. All that may be changing soon

Sex Trade Volunteer

published: April, 25, 2010 Categories // Sex and Sexuality

We have all done this. Not the work – mind you, we have all done that, too – I am talking about the naming of it.

Sex Trade Volunteer

We have all done this. Not the work – mind you, we have all done that, too – I am talking about the naming of it. Who among us has not, either in seriousness or in jest, called a friend a tramp or an acquaintance a whore, all to denote the other's – uh – sexual 'productivity'? I have a rather creative friend, an active participant in the writerly arts, who went so far into his thesaurus as to trot out 'doxy' on more than one occasion. This sprang back to mind for me recently when I s

A Party For Poz Guys And The Men Who Love Them!

published: June, 08, 2010 Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Events, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Inspired by similar parties in New York City, and Montreal , the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is organizing the very first official party for poz queer men in the nations capital! A quarter annual event, the Magnet Party will examine pressing issues, topics..

Inspired by similar parties in New York City, and Montreal (Learn More), the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is organizing the very first official party for poz queer men in the nations capital! A quarter annual event, the Magnet Party will examine pressing issues, topics, and perceptions around HIV in a creative but accessable manner. Bringing HIV+, HIV- and those who don’t know there status together in a safe, stigma free space to socialize, network, disclose, access educ

Celebrity Fued Alert! Michael 'tangos' with Dan Savage!

published: July, 31, 2010 Categories // Media, Sex and Sexuality

n a May 8th front page cover story by the newspaper the Ottawa Citizen, a quote was taken from my interview and referenced in a blog posting by American sex columnist Dan Savage. Savage hated my use of 'it takes two to tango'...

Opinions are like butt holes. Everyone has one. In a May 8th front page cover story by the newspaper the Ottawa Citizen, a quote was taken from my interview and referenced in a blog posting by American sex columnist Dan Savage. Savage hated my use of 'it takes two to tango' when discussing accountability for HIV transmission. Not being a regular reader of Dan Savage, his entry referencing the criminalization of HIV transmission, and the Steven Boone case in particular, went unnoticed

Are We All Criminals?

published: August, 03, 2010 Categories // Legal, Sex and Sexuality

I think I’m gonna be sick” he heaved into the phone as I confirmed his worst fear. I started apologizing profusely and lamenting that I thought he already knew. How could he not have known?

“I think I’m gonna be sick” he heaved into the phone as I confirmed his worst fear. I started apologizing profusely and lamenting that I thought he already knew. How could he not have known? I walked in the AIDS Walk four years running, my picture has been in the papers for my HIV/AIDS activism numerous times, he knows my ex-boyfriend; there friends. “Dude, he wheezed, I didn’t know you had HIV!” Over the next half hour on the phone I tried to reassure him. “My counts are undetec

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