Sexual Health

Australia hits a bulls-eye with raunchy HIV drama grounded in reality

published: January, 01, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Health, International , Sexual Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A NSFW soap featuring four horny house-mates in real-life situations delivers subtle HIV prevention and sexual health messaging. Does it entertain? More importantly, does it work? We say YES to both.

Australia hits a bulls-eye with raunchy HIV drama grounded in reality

From the Sydney Morning Herald   "HIV drama stays grounded in reality. Deadly serious ... Queer as F**k. At first, the war on HIV was fought with fear: ''grim reaper'' commercials, stern pamphlets and alarming TV reports. But 25 years on, authorities are using very different weapons, including Facebook, stand-up comedians and an Oscar-winning actor, to tackle the epidemic. The result is an educational web drama called Queer as F--k, featuring Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush and come

Canadians prefer their sex on Saturdays.

published: December, 30, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

A new survey from Eli Lilly suggests Canadians may be abandoning Hockey Night in Canada for another body contact sport

Canadians prefer their sex on Saturdays.

From the Edmonton Journal , By Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News Overall, the international online survey of just over 13,000 adults in 13 countries found that while Canadians are among the least spontaneous sexual beings globally, we have a slight edge over the U.S. in terms of frequency. The survey found that Canadians aged 46 to 60 have sex an average of 1.35 times per week, which is slightly lower than the global average of 1.41 but ahead of Americans, who reported having sex on average 1.19

Sex and party drugs

published: December, 23, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new sex-positive, drug user-positive harm reduction-based peer support group for gay and bisexual guys who use drugs and alcohol and who want to explore in depth their drug use and sexual health

Sex and party drugs

PositiveLite.com’s editor Bob Leahy recently talked with Duncan MacLaughlin, the manager of community health programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), about the evolution in promoting gay men’s health that’s moving away from focusing on our weaknesses and vulnerabilities and more towards emphasizing our resilience and strengths. This interview, which you can read here, was specifically about a new ACT initiative TheSexYouWant.ca, which goes beyond the basics to tackle mo

TheSexYouWant.ca

published: December, 22, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A new Ontario-based resource goes beyond HIV 101 to tackle the kind of sometimes difficult issues gay men are really talking about. Bob Leahy talks to one of the people behind it.

TheSexYouWant.ca

TheSexYouWant.ca - go see it - is a resource created by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) with whom I go back aeons, in partnership with GMSH (Gay Mens Sexual Health Alliance) with whom I’ve also had more than casual contact.  I was part of the HIVStigma.com campaign that GMSH facilitated,  and I’m also a member of their poz prevention working group since its inception. ACT and GMSH worked on TheSexYouWant.ca initiative in consultation with an Advisory Comm

Trans PULSE - thinking about the future,

published: December, 21, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews trans man Caleb Nault from Trans PULSE, an innovative research project that is looking to get a sense of how trans people, including those with HIV, are navigating life in Ontario.

Trans PULSE - thinking about the future,

Photo of Caleb Nault by Vivek Shraya, 2011. Bob Leahy: I know that Trans PULSE is a community-based research project that’s purpose is to understand the health of transgender and transsexual (trans) people across  Ontario.  Tell me in broad terms what it is you want to find out? Caleb Nault: The Trans PULSE project has unfolded over multiple phases for several years now, from community soundings to a province-wide survey that is the largest of its kind in Canada. Now we are under

Show Me The Love...................

published: December, 21, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Dating, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on a project which helps people living with HIV identify their coping skills –and – gaps in dealing with sex and intimacy.

Show Me The Love...................

If I had a dollar for every time I heard one of my friends ask "why don't you have a someone in your life yet, you're such a nice guy, why don't people see that?”  As if dating someone is going to make me a better person and  I can't possibly be happy unless I have someone in my life. Good grief! I could be twice as rich if I included the times I’ve asked myself the same question. I just completed a survey through my local AIDS Service Organization (ASO) called "Show Me The Lov

Homeless youth, cell-phones and HIV. What's the connection?

published: December, 14, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research, Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Social media and HIV prevention, connecting the dots. Bob Leahy interviews researcher Eric Rice at the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit in New Orleans.

Homeless youth, cell-phones and HIV.  What's the connection?

Eric Rice speaks about his research on homeless youth, how they use social media to stay conected and what impact this has on HIV prevention  - and the work that ASOs need to do to keep up. Filmed at  the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit on New Orleans, 2011 as part of a collabortion between the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and PositivelIte.com

Gay men and the internet.. What kind of HIV prevention messages work.

published: December, 14, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder, Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Gay Men, Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Simon Rosser discusses HIV Online Prevention for Gay men with Brian Finch of Positive Lite at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network 2011 Research Conference.

Gay men and the internet..  What kind of HIV prevention messages work.

Explicit or not? Simon Rosser discusses online HIV prevention programming with Brian Finch of PositiveLite.com at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Conference in Toronto, 2011.

Managing risk,sex and undetectable viral load.

published: December, 08, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Viral load is a measure of poz health but it is increasingly become a measure of risk. But Bob Leahy says competing arguments, opinions and agendas aren’t helping people living with HIV figure out what’s safe, what isn’t and what’s in between.

Managing risk,sex and undetectable viral load.

Being a person living with HIV isn’t always easy but one thing that makes it easier is having information  - clear, precise and understandable information  - that we can live our lives around.  That’s sometimes problematic because HIV is a complex disease with complicated repercussions.  Take the criminalization aspect, for instance.  The laws governing disclosure of one’s HIV status are becoming so convoluted, so less black and white by the month, that confusion

HIV and street-involved young men

published: November, 29, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Conferences, Youth, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

At the recent Ontario HIV Treatment Network research conference, John McCullagh spoke to researcher Josephine Wong about the vulnerabilities to HIV and other STIs of street-involved young men in Toronto.

HIV and street-involved young men

Although Canada’s a rich country, homelessness is a reality for far too many of our fellow citizens. A significant proportion of them are young people. In addition, there are many youth who, if not technically homeless, experience precarious living situations. There are many reasons for this - poverty, family rejection, domestic violence, parental drug and/or alcohol misuse or a lack of space where young people feel they can be themselves. These circumstances make these so-called street-inv

Just the facts – the Lambda Study

published: November, 23, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on a large scale study of gay mens’ sexual health in two large Ontario cities, which delivers the numbers everybody wants to know.

Just the facts – the Lambda Study

Lambda kind of slipped under our radar when it was released this past April.  Perhaps while it’s all about sex, its less sexy than some out there.  But for hard facts about things like HIV incidence, who knows their status and who doesn’t, how often men are getting tested, how often they practice safer sex – the nuts and bolts on which informed HIV prevention discussions and campaigns are built on – this is the real deal. So this is interesting stuff, and also very useful. F

OHTN Conference challenges what we know about gay men, sex and online interventions

published: November, 21, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Conferences, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was at the Ontario HIV Treatment (OHTN) Network Research conference in Toronto. In the second of a two part series he talks about research in to MSM online sexual inhabits, interventions aimed at them, the role of pornography and more.

OHTN Conference challenges what we know about gay men, sex and online interventions

If there was one presenter at the OHTN Research Conference last week who held the crowd truly in his hands it was Simon Rosser.  Not just because he was talking about sex,  not because some of it was, frankly, titillating, but that he was presenting leading edge stuff, insights in to an online world that some of us apparently know quite well.  More importantly, he revealed how little research was out there in this most commonplace of activities.  It’s clear that in this a

Cum Inside

published: November, 09, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Interactive gay sex report from Manhunt sheds light on what gay men did when they last had sex

Cum Inside

  Did you know that 25% of gay men did not kiss their man on the mouth during their last sexual encounter? That 75% gave oral sex? That most men engaged in 5-9 sexual behaviours? Did you know that 61.3% of men like the taste of cum in their mouth? Or that 80.8% of men report they’ve swallowed cum? Did you know that 50.8% of men like the feel of cum inside them? That 58.9% of men have fantasized about a man cumming inside them. Or that 69.5% agree they would “only receive cum inside them

Hottest at the Start.

published: October, 28, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

A VERY NOT SAFE FOR WORK VIDEO ILLUSTRATES THAT HOTNESS AND HIV PREVENTION CAN GO VERY MUCH HAND IN HAND. THIS ONE COMES WITH PROVOCATIVE MESSAGING TOO THAT WILL MAKE YOU THINK.

Hottest at the Start.

Last week we posted a breast cancer self examination video which used hot guys in various stages of undress to make its point. It did. But we mentioned in passing that we hadn’t seen much extreme hotness in HIV prevention ads lately and wondered whether we need to try that approach again. Putting the hotness in HIV prevention back, in other words. Then along comes this little video in to our in-basket. It’s from HiM (Health Initiative for Men) out of Vancouver, B.C., a province incidental

FEATURE INTERVIEW: Porn Star Mason Wyler

published: October, 19, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews one of the most controversial figures in gay porn – the boy next door with a penchant for no-holds barred sex, outed last year as HIV-positive and virtually expelled from the business

FEATURE INTERVIEW: Porn Star Mason Wyler

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MATURE LANGUAGE AND NSFW LINKS Boy next door/slut. Mason Wyler straddles the two beautifully. Wholesome looking and wicked dirty at the same time. He has plenty of fans and plenty who revile him too. This boy has led a controversial life, made controversial films, said many controversial things.   Some have called him a publicity hound. I think he just likes to talk, is amused by it all. Certainly he had no problem with our request for an interview. “Yes” h

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