Here they are . . .
When we first read this article that originally appeared on the GMFA FS magazine website, we knew we had to have it. GMFA were kind enough to say yes. It’s scorchingly honest in illustrating why many gay men aren’t using condoms. The answers are surprising simple, so why does the prevention community elsewhere often get it wrong. Blame over-analyzing, we say. In any event read this article, one of our most popular ever, and you’ll be way ahead of the game. And - here’s the good news – watch out for more articles from the bright folks from the UK’s GMFA in the months to come.
Our Netherlands’ poz guy Dave R has been writing up a storm both here and on TheBody.com and racking up good numbers on both sites. This is a good example of what he does best – meticulously researched, entertaining posts about topics you probably didn’t know much about, but having read them are so glad you did. Dave has been busy writing about people from the arts community living with HIV who deserve our attention. Once you’ve read this one about photographer Herb Ritts, check out his others.
Regular readers will know that we like to feature many stories from those going through the early stages of living with HiV – it helps to keep us old timers grounded in the realities of living with the disease in 2013 and it is, we’d like to think, helpful for the newly diagnosed to read that they are not alone also. This story by Aberdeen guest writer scotspozlad diagnosed in October 2013 really hit the mark. Helped by savvy social marketing (i.e. working twitter to the max) this one leaped to November’s number three position. Let’s hope we hear more from scotspozlad.
Who knows whether readers were attracted by the promise of a “sexy video” - two words combined which tend to bring out the Google crowd - or smartly delivered sexual health information, but we like this video anyway. It speaks to disclosure, rejecting stigma – and the allure of hot sex. Not everyone liked it or even got it. See which side of the fence you fall on.
Who would have thought that a four-part series about one man’s journey with anal cancer – it wasn’t pretty – would have done so well. Kudos to Dave R, scoring again and doing the impossible by getting readers engaged by what is traditionally a highly taboo subject and wanting more. Read the whole remarkable series. You’ll be glad you did.
Must confess we hadn’t heard of Nan Goldin before but many of us have now, thanks to Dave R who scores once again with this entertaining and enlightening post. He also becomes out first writer to have three different posts in our monthly top ten. Well done Dave!
Most people found this February 2013 much hit-on 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, you will find a number of other explicit sexual health videos, including one graphically depicting a hand job whose days on YouTube are surely limited.
PositiveLite.com friend Josh Robbins, the guy who captured the moment he got his HIV diagnose on video and then YouTubed it, contributed this unique post. It’s actually written by the guy who unknowingly infected him. Bet you’ve never seen that before.
Whilst this post didn’t actually say anything good about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford – a near impossible task – it nevertheless asked us to watch the language we used when calling him out. Not that watching his language is Rob Ford’s own strong suit either, but Montrealer Ken Monteith was right to warn us not to get carried away.
A post about his database of tricks – and no, he’s not a magician – that had previously appeared several places elsewhere vaulted guest Jake Sobo in to our number ten position. You could spend hours poring over his meticulous colour-coded spreadsheet which is linked o in this post. But then you wouldn’t have time to read the other nine post listed here.