Unprotected Sex on the Rise Among Gay Men
Between 2005 and 2011, the rate of men who have sex with men (MSM) who reported having unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) in the past year increased by 20 percent. Yup. That’s even though more than 1/3 of those MSMs said that they had not been tested for HIV in the last year.
Stop Bludgeoning Young Gay Men with Our AIDS Tragedy
In his latest blog, Mark S. King writes:
"Lesley was my closest friend to become sick in the 1980′s, and he fought bravely until his death from AIDS…I often write about him, the first of many friends lost to the epidemic.
But there’s something I will not do. I will not dig up Lesley’s body and beat young gay men with his corpse. Lesley didn’t perish so I could use him as a scare tactic. He wasn’t a cautionary tale. He wasn’t a martyr. He was a man with the same passions and faults as anyone else, and I won’t use his death as a blunt instrument.”
PrEP involves the use of any anti-HIV agent before, during and usually after sex to prevent infection. Today, PrEP refers primarily to taking the HIV treatment Truvada every day along with using condoms. What we know about PrEP is that even in people who don’t use condoms regularly, it can work amazingly well if taken exactly as prescribed. Two studies have found that daily use could be almost 100-percent effective.
Indian officials report that nearly 90% of the public condom vending machines installed in India by its National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) are missing.
Federal Judge Rules Condoms-in-Porn Law Is Constitutional
Porn companies sued LA county in January to stop a new law that requires porn actors to wear condoms. AIDS Healthcare Foundation defended it. And won.
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Let’s unclutch the pearls and start a rational conversation about barebacking in 2013, specifically in terms of risk for HIV-negative men:
We know gay men use condoms more than straight guys.
We know that barebacking can offer an escape from racism, homophobia and depression—and that it can also offer a spiritual and intimate bond, not to mention a thrilling gage of manhood.
We know that recent increases in syphilis and gonorrhea rates indicate an uptick in condomless sex.
We know that condomless sex is more common in Internet hookups, and that it’s more likely in the presence of drug and alcohol use.
We know that positive guys are more likely to bareback—and to do it with other poz men.
But wait—we also know that, despite the overall stability of the U.S. epidemic in recent years, HIV rates among young MSM ages 13 to 24 are increasing about 22 percent. Why?
What if a condom isn’t simply a condom?
What if it has more of a symbolic meaning, a subtext to one’s relationship that doesn’t make it so easy as to strap one on before sex? What if it represents an unspoken communication in your rapport with someone else that raises other issues besides HIV? How do you have a conversation about introducing a condom when you’re having the discussion with someone mid-stream that you’ve been in a long-term relationship with and not a one night stand?
Aundaray Guess hashes out this difficult conversation.
N.Y. Advocates Support ‘No Condoms as Evidence’ Bill
Advocates are lobbying Albany lawmakers to support a bill in the New York State legislature to stop law enforcement from using the possession of condoms as evidence of prostitution.
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Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 for New Condom Ideas
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering a challenge grant for a next generation condom, one that would “significantly enhance pleasure.”
Here’s our op-ed about it.
& Here’s the story.
Pope Francis on Contraception and Combating HIV/AIDS: Could he impact Catholic AIDS work?
The new leader of the Catholic church takes a more pragmatic view on condom use, believing they can be permissible to prevent diseases. He was also reported to have kissed and washed the feet of 12 people with HIV at a hospice in 2001.
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