Sexual Health

GPS: Charting new directions for gay men’s sexual health

published: September, 03, 2011 Categories // Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

GPS stands for Gay Poz Sex. In this interview with Bob Leahy, Rick Julien explains what GPS is, and why it’s looking for a few good men to help them find their own way to improving their sex lives.

GPS: Charting new directions for gay men’s sexual health

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STIs—just the facts, please (le français suit)

published: August, 24, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE reports what people with HIV need to know about other sexually transmitted infections. / CATIE explique aux personnes atteintes du VIH ce qu'il faut savoir au sujet des autres infections transmissibles sexuellement.

STIs—just the facts, please (le français suit)

The friendly people who work in public health are always looking for creative ways to promote healthy living, from encouraging us to be more active—Participaction!—to taking care of our sexual health, including regular testing for sexually transmitted infections, or STIs Earlier this year, the government of Alberta put the spot light on syphilis with its controversial campaign that involved the website PlentyofSyph.com, a spoof of a popular dating website. In a post here on PL.com, Viral L

The Theatre of the Absurd: UK Judge jails man for 14 months for passing on herpes infection

published: August, 22, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Legal, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Are the courts themselves guilty in aiding and abetting the spread of sexually transmitted dieseases . They certainly aren’t helping, says Bob Leahy, of the latest debacle in the criminalization saga. And, he says, perhaps it’s time to get angry.

The Theatre of the Absurd: UK Judge jails man for 14 months for passing on herpes infection

It's a bit of  a public health nightmare. We KNOW we have a problem with getting HIV infection rates under control. We KNOW we have a problem with STI’s generally. But are the courts helping the process  - or themselves contributing to new infection rates in sexually transmitted infections, meanwhile happily stigmatizing people coping with those diseases. I’d say yes on both counts. But I’m far from alone on this: read the comments which follow. But first let’s review the lat

PEPed and PrEPed for Pride? (part 2) le français suit

published: July, 28, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Community Events, Pride, CATIE, Sexual Health

Taking anti-HIV drugs to prevent HIV infection comes with serious cautions/ Sérieuses mises en garde quant à la prise de médicaments antirétroviraux pour prévenir l’infection au VIH

PEPed and PrEPed for Pride? (part 2) le français suit

Image credit: (c) 2008, Neal Jennings In the first post of this two-part series on PEP and PrEP, we talked about PEP—the use of anti-HIV drugs to reduce transmission after being exposed to HIV. In this installment, let's chat about a completely different—and largely unknown and untamed—beast, PrEP. PrEP PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a potential new method for preventing HIV infection. PrEP is not yet approved by health officials, and research studies are underway to determine w

PEPed and PrEPed for Pride? (part 1) le français suit

published: July, 11, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Community Events, Pride, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Taking anti-HIV drugs to prevent HIV infection comes with serious cautions/ Sérieuses mises en garde quant à la prise de médicaments antirétroviraux pour prévenir l’infection au VIH

PEPed and PrEPed for Pride? (part 1) le français suit

Image credit: (c) 2008, Neal Jennings With Pride season officially blooming in all its rainbowy glory, we here at CATIE want to cover an issue that may not catch your eye like the body glitter on the bare shoulders of sweaty parade marchers. It is an issue that can very well come up during the festivities: how to manage the risks of HIV transmission during sex. There are many ways to reduce risk of transmission and people use the ones they know and feel comfortable with. Condoms are the o

Like sex much? (le français suit)

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

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

Condoms for Gay Men in the Indian Market

published: November, 30, 2010 Categories // Sexual Health, Health, International

Very soon there’ll be a reason for the gay community in Pune and Mumbai to rejoice, as specially modified gay condoms will be launched in the two cities by the first week of January, 2011

From the land of the Kamasutra comes a condom for gay/MSM/ bisexual men who want a condom with extra lube and that is made for them versus everyone. What a novel idea!. The article below is from The Pune Mirror, written by Vishakha Sharma. Very soon there’ll be a reason for the gay community in Pune and Mumbai to rejoice, as specially modified gay condoms will be launched in the two cities by the first week of January, 2011.  This new condom will be more durable and lubricated. It will

Clues to where HIV prevention in young gay men should go?

published: September, 04, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Ever notice that HIV prevention aimed at gay men seems to be mostly about casual sex, less about relationships. But some data suggests, at least in the US, that most new infections in youth occur between primary partners?

Clues to where HIV prevention in young gay men should go?

Lets's start with a news article from POZ on-line posted August 29, 2011 Young Gay Men Less Likely to Use Condoms With “Serious” Partners Young gay men were eight times more likely to have unprotected sex when they're in a "serious" relationship than during a casual sexual encounter, according to a study conducted by Northwestern University in Illinois and reported by aidsmap. Study participants were ages 16 to 20, and half were African American. Previous findings have indicated that two t

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