Articles tagged with: gay men

Why disclosure and condoms have no utility in modern HIV prevention

published: July, 02, 2013 Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Josh Kruger says condom-based HIV prevention just isn’t working for gay men anymore and says the future lies in treatment and prevention.

Despite traditional prevention efforts, HIV infections in the gay male population are rising dramatically. According to the CDC, new HIV infections increased in the MSM population by 12% from 2008 to 2010 with young men under 25 experiencing a dramatic 22% increase in rate of infection. Basically, this means that young gay men are no longer affected by decades-old HIV prevention efforts, particularly condom-based campaigns. Tiresome narratives of the sexiness of condoms, a fantasy akin to the

Missing in action

published: June, 23, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

From The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) comes new analysis of last year’s International AIDS conference which reveals it had poor coverage of populations most-at-risk for HIV

Missing in action

Hundreds of Organizations Worldwide Call on Conference Organizers to Increase Meaningful Coverage of Gay Men, Transgender People, People Who Inject Drugs, and Sex Workers A new report produced by a coalition of global advocacy organizations shows that the International AIDS Conference (IAC) program continues to lack meaningful coverage of populations most-at-risk for HIV, including men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, people who inject drugs (PWID), and sex workers. Over 220

Deciding what’s risky – Australian gay men pay more attention to the sexual act than to their partner’s HIV status or viral load

published: June, 22, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Population Specific

Is HIV-negative gay men’s sexual behaviour influenced by a partner’s sero-status or viral load? Aidsmap reports on research that suggest s that it’s more about the perceived risk of the act itself, and the precautions taken.

Deciding what’s risky – Australian gay men pay more attention to the sexual act than to their partner’s HIV status or viral load

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  HIV-negative gay men in Sydney, Australia perceive the risk of HIV transmission to be different in different sexual contexts, according to a study by Dr Limin Mao and colleagues, reported in the May issue of AIDS & Behavior. But men pay considerably more attention to condom use, withdrawal and sexual role than they do to their partner’s reported HIV status or viral load in assessing the risk of transmission. While under

My gay syph test

published: June, 18, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific

“Testing is a drag - but do it anyway” says BC's Robert Birch. And he does.

My gay syph test

Curious about what our bigger city cousins have stuffed in their health care package I walk into the HIM clinic, the Health Initiative for Men,  off Davie and Burrard in Vancouver, B.C. .So convenient. I visit Vancouver  a few times a year. I prefer the size and island flavor of Vic-town but am interested to see how fast Van is changing. HIM is a resilient example of those changes. This damn syphilis epidemic makes me nosy about what is being done in the big smoke. I wonder if Victoria, B.C.

The immigration and refugee rights of gay men and people living with HIV

published: June, 13, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Immigration and refugee rights in Canada are under siege and this is impacting people living with HIV. Toronto lawyer and human rights activist El Farouk Khaki, in a video interview, explains why this is so and what we can do about it.

The immigration and refugee rights of gay men and people living with HIV

The implications of intersectionality on gay men was the topic of one of the plenary sessions at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance  (GMSH) summit held in Toronto in May 2013. Intersectionality considers the simultaneous intersections between social difference and identity as well as the different forms of systemic oppression that reflect relationships of power.  One of the panel members at this plenary session was El Farouk Khaki, a Toronto refugee and immigration lawyer and human righ

Putting barebacking into context

published: June, 06, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, 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

Bareback briefing

published: June, 03, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com frequently covers barebacking and the views of those who practice it. But where does our online magazine stand on the issue? Editor Bob Leahy says it’s a balancing act, but by no means all barebacking should be frowned upon.

 Bareback briefing

There was a time in our online magazine’s first year or two that we didn’t cover barebacking. We thought it was too inflammatory a subject, thought it might encourage people to do it, thought that people would think we were irresponsible. That changed in a big way when we featured Josh Landale, Josh Kruger, Michael Bouldin and a handful of others for whom barebacking is part of their lives.  It is, after all, increasingly a part of the lives of many gay men, and the practice inevitably ra

Everyone has a past

published: May, 28, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, International , Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with an effective little video from the UK about HIV testing for gay men, with a difference.

Everyone has a past

We like this video. It’s different and not at all preachy. And let’s face it, when was the last time you saw an HIV prevention video that actually made you smile?.Plus the subtly placed messages at the end like “HIV treatments have never been better”, “Get tested – for him, for you, for the community” and “Regular testing means peace of mind” are spot on. It’s brought to you by the award winning MESMAC, a community-based agency that provides social well-being sexual and m

Sex, drugs and . . .

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

Reinventing HIV prevention

published: May, 09, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest Jason McDonald says “there needs to be a new call to action, one in which the new ways of the internet and the social media expertise of the young are merged with the proven, effective methods of prevention."

Reinventing HIV prevention

The challenge for the new Safe Sex 2.0 effort will be trying to capture the attention span of someone who lives life and thinks in 140 characters. In this Internet age, we in the HIV+ and HIV- community (basically that is everyone) have been given the dual-edged sword of the internet as a tool for advocacy and outreach.  The internet is definitely useful in finding the answer to almost anything, and it has exponentially increased the means by which information can be disseminated to the mass

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