Articles tagged with: serosorting

The gay dating (sex) app Grindr is surveying some users about offering a filter to help stigmatize and serosort HIV positive identifying users. Wha?

published: July, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

"Should Grindr allow users to filter out those that admit to living with HIV?" asks Josh Robbins

The gay dating (sex) app Grindr is surveying some users about offering a filter to help stigmatize and serosort HIV positive identifying users. Wha?

This article previously appeared on Josh's own blog, I'm Still Josh, here. This morning after I woke up and finished reading through my morning newsfeed on Facebook and read the “what you missed” best Tweets, I tapped the orange and white skull icon on my phone. It was time to read my missed messages on Grindr from overnight. As soon as the (miracle) screen loaded, Grindr asked me to complete a survey. I hate surveys but I tapped ‘ok.’ The questions that were asked all primarily rev

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

Sero-sorting in tiny town

published: April, 21, 2015 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says that in small towns, the chances of meeting openly poz guys are few and far between. Sero-sorting remains, for him, an elusive but attractive theory.

Sero-sorting in tiny town

“much of a muchness…”  Unknown  I’ve reached the point where sero-sorting seems an increasingly attractive option. I’ve had it up to my eyebrows with “neg” guys who just don’t get it or are otherwise uninformed about HIV and other STIs. The number of men who are completely unaware about safer sex (including gay men) is alarming.  So, a’sorting I will go.  Ooops – road block number one. I’m in a small city. It’s conservative and closeted. There are a lot of guys

PrEP pops up on cruising sites

published: October, 22, 2014 Categories // Social Media, Dating, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Sexual Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Marc-André LeBlanc says that PrEP is a hot topic in HIV prevention circles. There is more and more discussion about it in gay media, on social networks, and even in mass media. But is it even on the radar of the average gay man?

PrEP pops up on cruising sites

This article originally appeared in French on The Warning’s website here. An emerging trend We are now seeing the emergence of profiles where guys self-identify as PrEP users on cruising sites and apps like Grindr and Squirt. Is this a signal that PrEP is now a part of gay men’s sex lives? I decided to check out one of these sites to see what was happening.  I chose BBRT to see if guys were self-identifying as PrEP users. Actually, HIV prevention workers in Toronto are the ones who p

Add a little [+] into your life

published: September, 24, 2014 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy says “If you want to have a more problem-free dating life, add the [+] to your name. It’s really that simple.”

Add a little [+] into your life

I'm going onto my 18th year of being HIV-positive now and I have to say there are some lessons along the way that I have learned the hard way. For years I tried to conceal my status from would-be suitors. My rationale at many times was, if I get to know them first and then tell them after then maybe they will still like me. This sort of idea and thinking would get me into all kinds of situations; mostly frustration and much despondency. I tried hiding it and it sort of drove me deeper into

Gay men and condoms

published: July, 27, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Aidsmap reports from AIDS 2014 on research that says most gay men who don’t use condoms are mindful of HIV and attempt to reduce their risk

Gay men and condoms

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   Three-quarters of Australian gay and bisexual men who report unprotected anal intercourse with casual male partners say that they “often” or “always” employ some sort of risk reduction strategy with those partners. Many attempt to select partners who they believe have the same HIV status as themselves (serosorting); a significant proportion use condoms most but not all of the time; and smaller numbers practice ‘str

How important is testing in curbing new infections?

published: July, 25, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap reports HIV is increasing in gay men in London because of lack of testing, a comparative study finds. Testing is enabling more disclosure and effective serosorting in San Francisco, the figures suggest

How important is testing in curbing new infections?

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared in aidsmap.com here.  A study presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne compared the HIV epidemics in gay men in San Francisco, US and London, UK and confirmed that while HIV incidence in San Francisco was falling, it was static and even rising in London. The chief reason appeared to be that gay men in London not only test for HIV less often than men in San Francisco, but that they also test far less often than th

NEGATIVE: HIV negative gay men speaking for themselves

published: April, 29, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King with a must-see video that features negative gay men talking about their sex lives, their fears of becoming infected, and, perhaps most surprising, what they really think of HIV positive guys

NEGATIVE: HIV negative gay men speaking for themselves

“Talk to me like you talk to your friends when no one is around.”  That was my only request when I sat down with each of four HIV negative gay men to create a short film about their lives and attitudes (video below). They held back nothing, sharing details of their sex lives, their fears of becoming infected, and, perhaps most surprising, what they really think of HIV positive guys. I couldn’t believe their candor, and have worked to distill two days of explicit conversations into ten

Serosorting in Seattle and Germany

published: March, 29, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Conferences, Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Only having sex with same-status partners is an HIV prevention strategy for 40% of gay men. 'Condom serosorting', viral load less used reports aidsmap.com

Serosorting in Seattle and Germany

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared in aidsmap.com here. A study from Seattle has found that only having sex with men of the same HIV status was by far the most common method of trying to avoid HIV in gay men who did not always use condoms, according to findings presented at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). This study found that 'condom serosorting' – being open to sex with serodiscordant partners, but always using condoms with them – was fa

The stigma within us

published: April, 12, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest Jason McDonald on the stigma that divides the gay community - and the stigma that lurks within ourselves.

The stigma within us

Like an onion, there are many layers to HIV-related stigma. Stigma can be internalized, directed at oneself, or it can manifest outwards.  Like an interstate, stigma can also move in both directions at the same time.  Consequences of stigma can impact a person, a relationship, or a community. Like an elevator, stigma can move up and down the age scale. The impact of stigma can have physical, emotional, and social effects on both HIV- and HIV+ men. It seems to me there is

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