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MSMGF: Good Gays get a Blue Ribbon, Bad Gays Bear their Cross

On November 23, the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) announced that it had partnered with gay dating App Hornet to launch Blue Ribbon Boy, “the largest targeted, global HIV viral suppression campaign to date”. The MSMGF hopes to reach 7 million MSM around the world through the Hornet dating platform, asking them to answer a short series of yes/no questions about their sexual health. Then, “Based on their answers, those who qualify will receive a blue ribbon icon on their profile photo signifying their personal commitment to sexual health, irrespective of their HIV status. Men who do not meet the standard will be offered recommendations for ways to protect and improve their sexual health so they can become a Blue Ribbon Boy”. Let’s look at the more disturbing issues arising from an intervention that pits the “good gays” who get a reward against the “bad gays” who bear their cross.

Published
02 December 2015
From
Incidence Zero
World AIDS Day: A Slut’s Perspective

"The gay culture in which I am enmeshed is no longer living in the grip of fear. ... I see gay men become increasingly confident and enthusiastic about interacting with one another, both online and in social spaces. We talk about the sex we’re going to have, and we negotiate boundaries. We take responsibility for our own health, and we show concern for the health of others. ... In short, sexuality is moving beyond being merely accepted; it is becoming celebrated. The rise of slut pride has emerged from the ashes of the 1970s."

Published
02 December 2015
From
Satyriconstories.com
Ipergay PrEP study results published

The results from the Ipergay study of intermittent pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on 1 December, World AIDS

Published
02 December 2015
By
Gus Cairns
This Is What It’s Like Using Dating Apps When You’re HIV Positive

Dating apps aren’t exactly known for sensitive interactions between people, but for gay men living with HIV, there is an extra barrier: disclosing to potential partners their HIV status.

Published
24 November 2015
From
BuzzFeed
'Not far enough': reaction to the JCVI's announcement that the anti-cancer jab to prevent HPV will be extended to just MSM and not all boys

Vaccinations for MSM are a step forward but that this change in policy does not go nearly far enough. What is urgently needed is a decision to vaccinate all adolescent boys.

Published
19 November 2015
From
HPV Action
Give HPV vaccine to men who have sex with men, government told

Advisers say extending use of cervical cancer vaccine given to girls could help cut risk of anal, penile and throat cancers.

Published
19 November 2015
From
The Guardian
Barcelona clinic study counts how many gay men might benefit from PrEP

A study from the Barcelona Checkpoint gay men’s HIV clinic, presented at the recent 15th European AIDS Conference has found a strong and consistent relationship between the

Published
18 November 2015
By
Gus Cairns
People Are Terrified of Sex

Research participants thought that you are roughly 17 times more likely to die from HIV contracted from a single unprotected sexual encounter than you are to die from a car crash on a 300-mile trip. In fact it's the other way round.

Published
14 November 2015
From
The Atlantic
Ambivalence and tensions in young gay men’s accounts of monogamy and relationships

Young Australian gay men’s feelings about sex and relationships are characterised by a tension between a desire for monogamy as the basis of a committed, enduring and

Published
12 November 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Hormonal contraception safe for women with HIV and may have important health benefits

HIV-positive women can safely use hormonal contraception, according to research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Hormonal implants and injectable

Published
06 November 2015
By
Michael Carter

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