Articles tagged with: gay men's sexual health

“I never expected someone I loved would give me HIV”

published: August, 18, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine comes this true story by Joshua, 22 from London: “The day I found out I was positive, the only thing I could think about doing was blaming someone.”

“I never expected someone I loved would give me HIV”

At 18-years-old I met a rather amiable and attractive man, who just happened to be a considerable number of years my senior. We started dating and went about our courtship like any other gay couple, navigating a potential life together. I had all the enthusiasm and exuberance of an 18-year-old, but I was considered to have an ‘old soul’. No more than a month into our dating, something unexpected happened – my other half was diagnosed with HIV. In his emotional state, he said that he didn

How often do gay men have sex?

published: August, 08, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

More than they will sometimes admit, it seems. Josh Kruger says “Girl, Please! 100% of gay men admit lying about self-reporting statistics’

Recently, reporting for aidsmap.com, Gus Cairns writes that the “number of male sexual partners MSM reported in the previous year fell significantly…to 2.3.” Basically, this means that gay men are claiming, when asked about their own personal behavior in a telephone interview, that they have sex with only two other men throughout the course of a year. Thanks to continued success of hook up sites and apps, including GrindR, BBRT, Manhunt, Craigslist, Scruff, and Jack’D along with the f

Our Agenda - a new type of campaign

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

Gay Men and other men who have sex with men, and HIV: post hoc ergo propter hoc?

published: January, 21, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Guesting Matt Smith from AIDS New Brunswick looks at the multiple and interlocking background factors that impact gay men’s sexual health, a study that has come to be known as syndemics.

Gay Men and other men who have sex with men, and HIV: post hoc ergo propter hoc?

First, I should point out that I have been trying to work a quote from The West Wing into a blog for some time now, so mission accomplished. Secondly, for those of you who, unlike me, may not have an unhealthy relationship with this particular Aaron Sorkin production, it seems only fair to explain what the hell I’m talking about. Post hoc ergo propter hoc is Latin and means: after this therefore because of this. This is usually not the case in most scenarios, but I think when it comes t

Bob Leahy talks to Patrick Sullivan

published: December, 18, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

What is driving high infection rates in the gay and bi men’s community? And what techniques might work best to address this epidemic within an epidemic? Editor Bob Leahy talks to Patrick Sullivan at the 2012 OHTN Research Conference

Bob Leahy talks to Patrick Sullivan

One of the most interesting sessions at last month’s Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) 2012 Research Conference in Toronto  was a plenary called “Is Treatment Enough Prevention?” This  session focussed on the recent discourse concerning the potential for antiretroviral therapy to reduce infectiousness and thus, the theory goes, reduce infection rates. But to what extent does treatment as prevention work with gay men?  If it hasn’t worked so far, why not?  And does a discourse

Rethinking what we know, Part One

published: November, 27, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific

Birch reporting from the B.C. Gay Men’s Health Summit Vancouver, BC November 1-2, 2012

Rethinking what we know, Part One

Where’s our provincial strategy for gay men’s health? Where’s our money for gay men’s wellness? Where’s our outrage?  The re-frame of how smart queer men look at the health and wellbeing of our complex communities however is shifting. The focus on our ‘behaviour’ takes a backseat while the ‘drivers of the epidemic’ takes the wheel. No Magical Bullet: moving forward with HIV prevention and gay men in BC. [Moderated by Travis Hottes, BC CDC with Mark Gilbert, also from BC C

Reality vs. “Maximalist Precautions”

published: May, 31, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The big disconnect. Bob Leahy on how HIV prevention messaging, doctors and researchers interpret risk for us – and why their messages don’t always match the way we deal with risk in our everyday lives.

Reality vs. “Maximalist Precautions”

A lot has been written about how we process risk lately – how we take risks all the time based on a calculation of what we know, what might happen, and what are the likely chances of that happening.  It’s being increasingly pointed out that we make risk calculations every time we cross the road or board an airplane.  So do people who cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope.  So do people who have sex, with or without condoms. The HIV landscape is changing around us, so that tal