Articles tagged with: risk

Republishing "Fuck poz guys!" Has the message sunk in yet? We think not.

published: June, 16, 2016 Categories // Dating, Activism, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Marc-André LeBlanc asks if you’re a neg guy is it safer to have sex with poz guys or neg guys? Limit your condomless sex to poz guys with undetectable viral loads and avoid condomless sex with casual negative partners he suggests.

Republishing

PositiveLite.com Editor's note: This article, now over three years old, has been read by more people in PositiveLite.com's six-year history than any other. When Marc-André LeBlanc wrote it, the view expressed - that undetectable poz guys were a much safer bet than neg guys realized - was groundbreaking. It's since become mainstream - and yet not. Anybody who is undetectable who has been rejected by a "neg" guy seeking a "safe" partner knows it. Many neg guys still think that going with anot

Road safety

published: May, 06, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

The best information won’t always be successful. Alex Sparrowhawk says you can’t encourage people to protect their sexual health any more than you can encourage them to look both ways before crossing the street.

Road safety

Unfortunately I am old enough to remember the “Stop Look Listen Live” hedgehog road safety adverts from the 1990s. The little critters were cute, waddling from either foot into the setting sun in the distance, but I remember their message as well as the simple cartoon drawings. So now as an adult, whenever I cross the road I put on my hedgehog thinking cap: I don’t leave the house without wearing a high-vis neon yellow waistcoat (If I’m on a night out I’ll tie it up with matching ar

Deciding what’s risky – Australian gay men pay more attention to the sexual act than to their partner’s HIV status or viral load

published: June, 22, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Population Specific

Is HIV-negative gay men’s sexual behaviour influenced by a partner’s sero-status or viral load? Aidsmap reports on research that suggest s that it’s more about the perceived risk of the act itself, and the precautions taken.

Deciding what’s risky – Australian gay men pay more attention to the sexual act than to their partner’s HIV status or viral load

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  HIV-negative gay men in Sydney, Australia perceive the risk of HIV transmission to be different in different sexual contexts, according to a study by Dr Limin Mao and colleagues, reported in the May issue of AIDS & Behavior. But men pay considerably more attention to condom use, withdrawal and sexual role than they do to their partner’s reported HIV status or viral load in assessing the risk of transmission. While under

Bareback briefing

published: June, 03, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com frequently covers barebacking and the views of those who practice it. But where does our online magazine stand on the issue? Editor Bob Leahy says it’s a balancing act, but by no means all barebacking should be frowned upon.

 Bareback briefing

There was a time in our online magazine’s first year or two that we didn’t cover barebacking. We thought it was too inflammatory a subject, thought it might encourage people to do it, thought that people would think we were irresponsible. That changed in a big way when we featured Josh Landale, Josh Kruger, Michael Bouldin and a handful of others for whom barebacking is part of their lives.  It is, after all, increasingly a part of the lives of many gay men, and the practice inevitably ra

Challenges of prevention

published: May, 08, 2013 Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Ken Monteith on the future of HIV prevention and where we must go to reduce new infections.

Challenges of prevention

My editor asked me to write about the future of prevention. In taking up that challenge, I am discovering that I probably have more questions than answers, but I do have some ideas of the challenges we must meet if we are really going to stop HIV transmission.  Motivation  Scary "death" and "doom" messages will not motivate people to take measures to avoid contracting HIV. Fright messages sometimes have short-term effects, but these truly lack credibility in a context where a lot o

Got SPUNK?

published: April, 22, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Events, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Being a gay, bi, queer or trans guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires SPUNK!

Got SPUNK?

What’s SPUNK! ?  SPUNK! is a confidential, non-judgmental group for gay, bi, queer and trans men in Toronto who want to talk about drugs, alcohol, sex and PnP.  Who's Welcome?  Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer/MSM guys aged 19 and over.  What is it?  A free and confidential six week group for guys that use drugs or alcohol and want a safe place to talk about the ways that substances impact our lives. Previous group members have found the skills and tools that they learned in SPUNK! to be very us

Learning To Fuck With Poz Guys

published: November, 21, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Jake Sobo ”has spent the better part of his adult life having as much sex as possible while trying to avoid contracting HIV, and started taking PrEP as a way to help him stay negative.” This is Part 4 in A Series on PrEP from PositiveFrontiers.com

Learning To Fuck With Poz Guys

This article by Jake Sobo first appeared in PositiveFrontiers.com   here and is republished with kind permission of the Editor-at-Large. (Thanks Alex).  Readers are encouraged to read the entire My Life on PrEP series on PositiveFrontiers.com.  A few months before I started taking Truvada for PrEP, I got hit up on Manhunt by a gorgeous HIV-positive guy who wanted to fuck me bare. He was frank about it, telling me that his viral load was undetectable and had been for years and that he w

Sex and party drugs - revisited

published: September, 06, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Being a gay or bi guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires spunk!

Sex and party drugs - revisited

SPUNK! [spuhngk] - noun a. Courage, spirit, boldness, resilience: Show some spunk. b. A slang word for semen                     Being a gay or bi guy requires courage and boldness of spirit - period. Being a gay or bi guy who manages his drugs and booze and who navigates the realities of HIV, STIs and stigma requires spunk! How can we be healthy if we use drugs and alcohol, but are afraid or ashamed to reach out about these t

Health educators should work with the inner contradictions that 'barebackers' express

published: June, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

“This isn’t the first study to show that many HIV-negative gay men who bareback remain concerned about the prospect of acquiring HIV and want to avoid infection. However, previous studies have given little attention to how men deal with this tension."

Health educators should work with the inner contradictions that 'barebackers' express

This article by  Roger Pebody originally published by NAM/www.aidsmap.com is republished with permission. When asked by researchers to talk about their practice of having ‘bareback’ sex (unprotected anal intercourse), HIV-negative gay and bisexual men express a contradiction between their concern to remain uninfected and their simultaneous awareness that their behaviour may expose them to infection, according to a study published in the July issue of Qualitative Health Research. The res

Fat Lips and Karma

published: March, 20, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says: ”There was a time when I could take a punch, a time when the perfect punch could turn into so much more.”

Fat Lips and Karma

About this time two years ago I was in Hamilton Ontario for the weekend, I went out to the bar on the Friday night, spent some time with my friends, had a good time. We closed the place, leaving around 2:30 in the morning. I decided I wanted to go have a coffee and there was a Timmies (Tim Horton's) on the way. It was pretty cold, I was all hunched up, hands in my pocket, even with gloves on. I was conscience to remember I had just come from a gay bar and that sometimes people will follow yo

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