Articles tagged with: barebacking

Condoms the new absintence only: Trojan/Durex sustaining HIV infections

published: June, 10, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Josh Kruger: “Until we recognize that condoms are just as effective as abstinence only .. and must be a small part of a more comprehensive approach to sexual health, we will be looking at more HIV transmissions, more people dying of AIDS”

By 2017, 16,000 Philadelphians will be dying of AIDS.  This is not an exaggerated statistic, this is not a conservative estimate, and it is not information propagated by an advocacy organization.  Rather, this breathtaking number comes from the Philadelphia AIDS Activities Coordinating Office, or AACO.  Under the direction of Mayor Michael Nutter, AACO works cooperatively with worthy non-profit organizations, like the progressive and forward thinking and sex positive Gay and Lesbian Latino

Putting barebacking into context

published: June, 06, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Who barebacks and why? The AIDS Committee of Toronto’s bathhouse counsellor Rahim Thawer provides some answers.

Putting barebacking into context

What are we really taking about when it comes to barebacking? This was the question PositiveLite.com, in a video interview, posed to social worker and ACT TowelTalk bathhouse counsellor Rahim Thawer, following his presentation on this topic at the 9th annual Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance of Ontario  summit, held in Toronto in May 2013.  Putting barebacking into context is important now that we’ve begun to have more open discussions about the reality that gay guys aren’t always usi

Sex, drugs and . . .

published: May, 26, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

More drugs, more alcohol often means more risky sex for HIV-negative gay men, reports aidsmap.com.

Sex, drugs and . . .

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   There is a highly significant relationship between frequency and intensity of drug and alcohol use and risky sex among American HIV-negative gay men, a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes shows. “HIV risk among MSM [men who have sex with men] increases with both frequency of substance use and the number of substances used,” write the authors. “These practices

Unlimited intimacy

published: May, 13, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy talks to Tim Dean about his controversial book “Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking” – and about what makes barebackers tick.

Unlimited intimacy

“Seed is a gift, it’s love, it’s acceptance. Taking a man’s cum – in your ass, down your throat, rubbed into your skin, whatever - even if you don’t know his name, is closeness. It’s an act of love and trust.  Even if yawl just met. Both the bottom and the top will walk away smiling . . . and content. Now it’s a sleazy affair that boys get cracked out of their mind for. Like it’s an embarrassing nasty secret thing to want. This is so fucked.” From HIV-positive bareback bl

Viral load and condomless sex

published: May, 07, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

A majority of HIV-positive gay men in Dutch survey take their viral load into consideration if having unprotected sex

Viral load and condomless sex

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   About 40% of men who answered a community survey for HIV-positive gay men in the Netherlands said they took their viral load into consideration in deciding whether or not to use condoms. This represents about two-thirds of those who actually did have unprotected sex. This published paper adds new data to this study’s original conference presentation at the AIDS Impact conference in 2011. The survey found that consideration

My barebacking journey – 12 months on

published: May, 06, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

UK poz guy Josh Landale with an update on what life has been like for him since he wrote his controversial post about his barebacking experiences for us last year

My barebacking journey – 12 months on

In April 2012 I wrote a piece for PositiveLite.com entitled “My Barebacking Journey”. In it I talked about how I had made the decisions not to use condoms since my college days and how this had ultimately led to my testing HIV positive in September 2011.  A year later, I thought I’d take the opportunity to sit down and put my thoughts over how things have gone over the last 12 months.  Some things have changed dramatically, others haven’t changed at all.  I guess in some respects

Got SPUNK?

published: April, 22, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Events, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Being a gay, bi, queer or trans guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires SPUNK!

Got SPUNK?

What’s SPUNK! ?  SPUNK! is a confidential, non-judgmental group for gay, bi, queer and trans men in Toronto who want to talk about drugs, alcohol, sex and PnP.  Who's Welcome?  Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer/MSM guys aged 19 and over.  What is it?  A free and confidential six week group for guys that use drugs or alcohol and want a safe place to talk about the ways that substances impact our lives. Previous group members have found the skills and tools that they learned in SPUNK! to be very us

HIV disclosure kind of sucks, but it’s ethical

published: April, 17, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Josh Kruger: "the longer I’ve been HIV+, the more traditional and, admittedly, boring I have become in relation to my sex and dating.”

When I first was diagnosed as HIV+, I remember being thankful for all the infrastructure in place to help me ensure that I wasn’t going to die of AIDS.  Whether it was through Philadelphia’s AIDS Activities Coordination Office or my initial visits to Philadelphia FIGHT, I received a care and attention that, just a decade or two ago, would be considered remarkable.  And, thanks to scientific advancements by pharmaceutical companies like Gilead, in part because of the United States governm

“You’re killing people:” commonsense counters conventional wisdom hysteria

published: March, 27, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Josh Kruger on bathhouse sex – and the accusations “a reader recently implied that I was killing people by arguing against the, now obvious, ineffectual nature condom only campaigns are having on HIV transmission rates.”

“Can I give you a hand with that?” were the first words the young man made to me in his perfect British accent.  He was tall, incredibly dark skinned, and lithe but in that athletic way only men who regularly run or play soccer can be.  His body was flawless, with that patch of hair in the middle of his chest denoting he was, in fact, a man, and when he removed his towel, the facts surrounding his being a man were decidedly and enormously to his credit.  “And where are you from?” I

My relationship status

published: March, 26, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Writer Michael Burtch suggests sex and fear can be both illogical and valid at the same time in this exclusive preview from Issue Three of Up & Cumming Magazine.

My relationship status

I leaned my chest against a door in his apartment and slid my jeans and briefs down over my ass and presented my hole to him. “Fuck me” I whispered. My boyfriend didn’t move towards me. “I want to feel you inside me with no condom. Fuck me,” I repeated. “No,” he softly said back. “Don’t ever ask me that again.” He walked away from me, angry. I stood there silently for a moment and then slowly pulled up my pants. We didn’t have sex for a long time after that. My partner

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