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Just how 'gay' is anal play, really?

As Charlie Glickman, a sex educator and the author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure: Erotic Exploration of Men and their Partners, explained in an interview last year with Playboy: “We carry a lot of shame around our anuses. ... It’s a shame that starts when we’re in diapers.” According to Glickman,who identifies as bisexual, even as adults, “We look for a reason to justify the taboo. We say it’s disgusting. We say it’s dirty. We say it’s gross.”

Published
14 October 2014
From
The Guardian
Trust, Intimacy, and HIV Testing

A recent study conducted by Stephenson and colleagues finds that partnered men who have sex with men (MSM) are significantly less likely to get regular HIV tests than MSM who are single. Among a sample of 404 partnered HIV-negative men, less than half (49%) reported getting tested at least once a year, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Partnered MSM are also much more likely than single MSM to engage in anal intercourse without condoms. And, estimates show that as many as three-quarters of HIV infections among MSM in the U.S. happen in the context of primary relationships.

Published
08 October 2014
From
BETA blog
Choosing to Love Poz Guys

Jake Sobo writes: "The serodivide is crumbling. Hookup sites that used to allow only two options for HIV status now offer endless choices, from undetectable to on PrEP. Recent life expectancy projections suggest that gay men who test HIV-positive today and start treatment quickly will live longer than those who do not...Unlearning decades of stigma and fear will not happen overnight. It will take time and learning. That’s okay. But the cost of staying in place is too great, both for poz guys who face that stigma and fear on a daily basis, and to our communities which remain divided."

Published
27 September 2014
From
Betablog
PrEP, The Pill, and the Fear of Promiscuity

LGBT academic Ian Lekus compares the furore around PrEP with the one that met the development of the contraceptive pill: "Acknowledged or not, PrEP users — and for that matter, three decades-plus of HIV/AIDS activism — build directly on how the Pill’s early adopters challenged the presumed omniscience of medical authorities. The experiences of the Pill’s first users also remind us to keep a critical eye trained on those institutions and narratives that circumscribe the quest for balancing health, desire, and autonomy."

Published
25 September 2014
From
Nursing Clio
Drug use strongly associated with sex, condomless sex and STIs in gay men living with HIV in England

A large survey of gay and bisexual men living with HIV and attending eight sexual health clinics in England has found that half of them had used

Published
16 September 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Bareback Culture, HIV, and Our Gay Future

I have commented several times on Facebook about my anxiety over the sudden popularity and push for widespread use of Truvada. I'm not opposed to the use of Truvada, and I agree that it is an exciting development in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, while some reject the idea that the promotion of Truvada among gay men has anything to do with barebacking culture -- and subsequently vilify anyone who makes the suggestion -- it doesn't negate the reality that barebacking has become a widespread practice in gay male culture.

Published
05 September 2014
From
Huffington Post
Does the global HIV response understand anal sex?

Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection.

Published
28 August 2014
From
IRIN
Couples-based intervention has impact on HCV incidence and risky sexual behaviour among drug-involved couples in Kazakhstan

A couples-based risk reduction intervention reduced hepatitis C virus (HCV) incidence and levels of sexual risk-taking among drug-involved couples, investigators report in the online edition of the Journal

Published
01 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
How will people use PrEP? iPrEx users talk condoms, pills, anxiety and relief

Interviews with participants in the US sites of the iPrEx study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) show that participants who took it mainly used it as an additional

Published
25 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
HIV is increasing in gay men in London because of lack of testing, comparative study finds

A study presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne today compared the HIV epidemics in gay men in San Francisco, US and London,

Published
24 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
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