Articles tagged with: barebacking

The Josh Kruger interview

published: September, 17, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bathhouses, barebacking and bombshells. Bob Leahy interviews the controversial Philadelphia writer and columnist Josh Kruger. In this exclusive in-depth interview, the incorrigable Kruger is in fine form, telling all like never before. .

The Josh Kruger interview

Bob Leahy: Josh, thank you for agreeing to talk to Now readers know you through your columns here on and I think we’ve got to know where you stand on some of the big issues of the day. But tell us first, for those who don’t know you so well, a little about who the real Josh Kruger is. How would you describe your personality? JK: My personality today is one that's devoid of deception; I'm the same exact person in a bathhouse that I am volunteering with a

Profiling hooking up online

published: August, 28, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy examines how gay men on popular hook up sites like Squirt and BBRT use their profiles to disclose their status, serosort or otherwise negotiate what they want online and how that can often contribute to harm reduction - but not always.

Profiling hooking up online

How much do we know about disclosure on the internet?  Not much if we look for published research on how guys communicate for sex in 2013 or how frequently they reveal their HIV-status in a meaningful way or even how guys use their profiles to get what they are looking for. And how often does reliance on the efficacy of profiles put negative guys at risk? We just don’t know. But in an age where HIV researchers have seemingly studied virtually everything that moves, the most popular way i

Consistently inconsistent

published: August, 27, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Examining HIV prevention messages with Marc-André LeBlanc and why they too often miss the mark

Consistently inconsistent

Maybe my moon is in caca, but I’m getting increasingly annoyed at the inconsistency of our messages around condoms in relation to other HIV prevention options.  This inconsistency falls into three categories. First, we compare efficacy to effectiveness. Second, we sometimes provide an unbalanced comparison of prevention options through long lists of qualifiers that we choose to include in some cases, omit in others. Third, we tend to use descriptors like “unprotected” sex in ways that

Subversive sex

published: August, 22, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Josh Kruger on barebacking and non-traditional sex, “good gays” and their twisted view of the morality of it all

Too often, those who engage in more subversive, at least in terms of “traditional” American culture, activities, including prostitution, drug use, kink, polyamory, and barebacking, are presupposed by society as being bad Americans. Community organizations have for years conflated being a “good gay citizen” with less risky, and heteronormative, sexual behaviors. For example, right now, social conservatives within the gay community are cheering on the slow march toward gay marriage equa

Our Agenda - a new type of campaign

published: July, 22, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to ACT’s John Maxwell from Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance) about an innovative new campaign which explores the connections between gay men’s emotional, mental and sexual health

Our Agenda  - a new type of campaign

The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH) is a network of front-line workers, HIV researchers, public health, policy makers and community members responding to gay men’s sexual health in Ontario. The GMSH works to establish long-term, goal-oriented, evidence-based strategies, tools, policies and programs that will effectively assist all of us, committed to ensuring that gay and bisexual men in our communities enjoy healthy, full sexual and emotional lives. John Maxwell is Director of Pr

Hold your horses

published: July, 13, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Can barebacking be safer sex? This article from POZ magazine says in the right circumstances it can. “Not every act of skin-on-skin sex is unsafe” it says and urges wider dialogue on the subject.

Hold your horses

This article by Trenton Straube first appeared in POZ magazine here.  In 1997, Tony Valenzuela was an up-and-coming LGBT rights activist, open about his HIV-positive status and viewed by many as a beacon of the movement’s future. But the goodwill soured when, during an impromptu speech at the Creating Change Conference, he talked about the gay sex that dared not speak its name: barebacking. “Naively, I did not believe it would be controversial to discuss openly what I knew many of us wer

Jingo unchained

published: July, 12, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Josh Kruger on how barebackers are being marginalized by images featuring "good homosexuals" in “Homonationalism in the Age of Modern HIV”

HIV transmission is on the stark rise among African Americans and gay men, two groups traditionally ignored by polite American society. With this in mind, we need to address the inherent bigotry contained in the “clean” narrative explicitly used by gay men in hook up websites and apps and implicitly propagated by mainstream gay press and organizations. In fact, this narrative of hygiene, of creating villains out of the HIV+, and of conflating clean white nationalism with being a “good ho

June’s most popular posts

published: July, 12, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews the ten posts that got the most hits in June 2013 and finds a trend is emerging. And surprise, surprise, people like to read about barebacking! Here's your chance to catch up on what you missed

June’s most popular posts

1. Sex = fun? Explicit pro-pleasure videos bring "sexy back" to HIV awareness Most people found this February 2013 much loved post via a Google search that went something like “how to put on a condom explicit video.”  Thanks to the YouTube sex police it appears this video is no longer available for your viewing pleasure and has disappeared in to internet ether. (Sorry googlers).  But all is not lost, because poke around the links in this post and, if this is your thing,&nb

Positive sex

published: July, 11, 2013 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Amy Willis talks to Rick and Scott, the guys who facilitate GPS (Gay Positive Sex) groups in Toronto, designed to help positive gay men develop strategies for sex that work for each of them.

I recently sat down with my colleagues, Rick Julien and Scott Simpson, the peer facilitators of the Gay Poz Sex (GPS) Study housed jointly at the HIV Prevention Lab at Ryerson University and the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), to speak to them about the GPS program and how it addresses many of the competing forms of stigma that gay, HIV-positive men often face. Here are their responses: Amy: Looking at the history of HIV & AIDS, it’s clear that people living with HIV &AIDS have f

Straight barebacking

published: June, 19, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Women, Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

We talk about barebacking almost entirely in the context of gay and bisexual men, often in the context of behavior that’s seen as ”bad”. But, says Olivia Kijeswski, straight people do it all the time.

It’s interesting, isn’t it, that barebacking is a term given to the behaviour of men who habitually have sex with other men without using condoms, yet there is no similar term for straight people who regularly engage in condomless sex. There is no barebacking subculture among heterosexuals, as there is among gay men. Condomless sex among straight people certainly does not receive the same negative attention that gay barebacking receives. In fact, “barebacking” in the straight communi

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