Sex and Sexuality

Raw sex

published: October, 26, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From POZ.com comes this honest and personal take on the allure of barebacking “Oddly it was knowing my positive HIV status that drew me to the desire of raw sex.”

Raw sex

This article from a blog by Aundaray Guess first appeared on POZ.com here. The doorbell rang and an excitement went through me. It was three in the morning and although I didn't know his real name, I was anticipating the next hour of physical sex. We talked for a few minutes on the website and both liked each other's picture and that was enough. Only when we stood in the same room did we negotiate our sexual roles for the evening. He asked me if I was into raw sex and I paused before answeri

Pill-identified bodies

published: October, 20, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Women, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From the Francophone activist group The Warning comes this opinion piece which argues that the struggle for access to PrEP unites the community, finally talking about the same topic

Pill-identified bodies

In November 2004, Warning conducted an interview with American activist Eric Rofes. For a small splinter-group spun off from Act Up-Paris, it would become a major turning-point for us.  Act Up’s pessimistic culture had instilled in us a moralizing attitude towards sexuality founded on a fundamental wariness of male homosexual behaviour. Added to this was a hypercritical take on medical treatments, which, though indispensable, are considered products of large capitalist corporations profiti

How do we solve a problem like Pintauro?

published: October, 15, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Television, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on the shaky coming out of poz guy Danny Pintauro from TV’s “Who’s the Boss?”

How do we solve a problem like Pintauro?

My discomfort began as I sat in front of my web cam, waiting to join Danny Pintauro in a segment on Huffington Post Live. Danny had recently announced on an Oprah special that he was living with HIV, which was big news for fans of “Who’s the Boss?” and those who loved the precocious little boy Danny played. Before my virtual entrance, Danny was telling host Nancy Redd how he was infected with HIV.  He wanted to explore “rougher sides” of his sexuality, he explained. And wouldn’t

Recovering from meth, rebuilding a sex life

published: October, 08, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on his climb back from the brink and a new book about the nature of addiction and the stubborn link between crystal meth and sexual compulsion

Recovering from meth, rebuilding a sex life

For more than a decade I was an active crystal meth addict. They were the darkest years of my life. I suffered numerous relapses as I struggled to get clean, and my woeful journey back to crystal meth was always the same. First, small changes crept into my behavior; not about crystal meth precisely, but vaguely related habits that had once accompanied my active drug use would begin entering my routine again.  A return to the gym and a shallow fixation on my body. An abandoned cigarette habi

Am I really a dirty barebacking slut?

published: September, 23, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From FS magazine a poz writer from the UK on value judgments of some gay men “They are negative because they've been ‘good’. You are positive because you are ‘a dirty barebacking slut’.”

Am I really a dirty barebacking slut?

This article by Jamie Jinx first appeared in FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  I had the good fortune to receive an online solicitation from 'Sh1tEater' who was in search of a 'feeder'. He kindly sent me a full body and face picture – depressingly rather hot – yet all he had to say for himself was “No Poz”. At first, I felt I ought to excuse my inability to pinch off a Neg turd for his oral delight. Then I remembered that, unlike hepatitis and a host of other horrors, HIV is

‘Undetectable’ is both a milestone and an identity for gay men recently diagnosed with HIV

published: September, 11, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Aidsmap reports on fascinating Canadian research which suggests reaching an undetectable viral load helped many men feel ‘responsible’ and ‘normal’, besides impacting identity and sexual decision-making

 ‘Undetectable’ is both a milestone and an identity for gay men recently diagnosed with HIV

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared in aidsmap.com here.   Achieving an undetectable viral load is a key milestone in the period after diagnosis with HIV, qualitative interviews with Canadian gay men suggest. Men incorporated knowledge of their own undetectable status into their identities as HIV-positive gay men and their sexual decision making, according to a study published in the August issue of AIDS Education and Prevention. Being undetectable helped many men feel ‘responsibl

People living with HIV who are undiagnosed: Revisiting our HIV prevention messaging

published: August, 20, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Dating, CATIE, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Lifestyle, Sex and Sexuality

CATIE says “most HIV transmissions – particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM) – may originate from people living with HIV who don’t know that they are HIV positive: and “There is a clear need to develop new HIV prevention messages”

People living with HIV who are undiagnosed: Revisiting our HIV prevention messaging

This article by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  Who is at risk of HIV infection and what are the circumstances in which transmissions occur? This information is important for people working in HIV to know to effectively target HIV prevention messages and inform what these messages say. Historically, those considered at highest risk were HIV-negative partners of people who knew they were HIV pos

My life with Tina

published: August, 19, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Toronto guest writer Miguel Torres shares his ten-year history of using crystal meth to get high while HIV-positive – and how he now chooses to live without it.

My life with Tina

The first time I did crystal was back in 2004.  A trick offered me a hit from his pipe and so my love affair with crystal began.  I had thought at that time that I’d finally found something I’ve been looking for.  Something that made me relax, something to give me confidence to face just about anything. But the love affair soon turned into a struggle.  My relationships with my friends started to suffer.  I would quit for some time, and then go back again, each time feeling guilty

Racism and the gay scene

published: August, 13, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Dating, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

A UK view from FS Magazine: more than two-thirds of the 850 men who responded to an FS survey from the Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds had personally experienced racism on the gay scene

Racism and the gay scene

This article with words by Stuart Haggas @GetStuart and photography by Chris Jepson: © www.chrisjepson.com @chrisjepson first apperared in FS Magazine here.   IS THE GAY SCENE RACIST? “I actually feel physically sick at the sight of too much black flesh” - white gay man aged 27 from London. Over 850 Black, white, Asian, South Asian, Arab and mixed race gay men shared their thoughts on race and racism with FS. More than two-thirds of the men from the Black, Asian and other minority et

The sex diaries of T.C. Pomeroy, part five

published: July, 31, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

For adults only. Poz erotica: tripping on mushrooms, human sominex, California disease and the pocket pool syndrome

The sex diaries of T.C. Pomeroy, part five

Lately I’ve come to remember something I discovered in 2010 while tripping on mushrooms when visiting Manhattan.  I had a week off from taking care of my mother and after four days on the Delaware shore drove north to the City where friends left their keys with their doorman in their swank apartment on 23rd and 10th.  The plan was simple.  I’d drop off my luggage at the apartment before heading north to the Upper West Side where I knew street parking was easy, take my bicycle off the

Would you date an HIV-positive guy?

published: July, 24, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Says FS Magazine’s CEO “Avoiding sex or a relationship with someone just because they’re living with HIV isn’t a good strategy: it won’t prevent you from becoming HIV-positive . . and it contributes to an unacceptable caste system.”

Would you date an HIV-positive guy?

This article (THE LAST WORD with Matthew Hodson @matthew_hodson) was previously published in the UK’s FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  I’ve been living with diagnosed HIV for many years. In that time I’ve had my share of sexual and romantic rejections on the basis of my HIV status. While these don’t make up any of my happiest memories, I’ve tried to take it on the chin. I’ve always been a firm believer that individuals have a right to work out the sexual strategy that i

SUCK IT!

published: July, 08, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

FS Magazine with ‘Blow jobs: a written oral guide’ for gay men. For adult readers only

SUCK IT!

This article by Liam Murphy @liamwaterloo first appeared in the UK’s FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.    Blowing, sucking, swallowing, going down, giving head, oral, fellatio (if you’re fancy). These are all words and phrases for a fundamental staple of a gay man’s sex life (other than Veeting) – the blow job. Sucking dick may seem like a straightforward sex act but it’s not always as simple as bobbing merrily up and down with your mouth hole. It can require a certain am

Talking sex, when the personal is only political

published: June, 25, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Montréal correspondent Ken Monteith explores his attachment to his sexuality and why it’s more political than practical.

Talking sex, when the personal is only political

By all accounts — or at least by what seems to be a large majority of accounts — I got a late start on my sex life. My first rather traumatic (for me) experience came only at age eighteen and a half and didn’t lead to more until after a rather considerable delay. Calling my age eighteen and a half is probably a good indicator of just how mature and ready I was for it, as all my internalized homophobia and generalized social fears came rushing in at the midway point of that first experie

Dear effeminate gay men. You’re fucking fabulous!

published: June, 23, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

An opinion piece from FS Magazine. "I’ve gone through struggles being an effeminate man – mainly tirelessly worrying if I’d be accepted by straight and gay communities. I’m now at a point where people’s opinions don’t matter “

Dear effeminate gay men. You’re fucking fabulous!

This article by Vish @Vishdlish first appeared in the UK’s FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA here.  OPINION  I’m a campy, limp-wristed, queen of a man! This sentence paints a picture of me being an exaggerated gay caricature. Perhaps true. But to me these words fundamentally communicate effeminacy. So to break it down – I’m an effeminate gay man. Phew, I’m glad to get that off my chest!  Not that this was some sort of big secret. Just take a look at me and I’m sure you’ll

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Community Events, Social Media, Pride, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

What is #HIVnow? It’s the HIV awareness campaign Toronto Pride deserves.

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

John Maxwell, executive director, ACT (left) Christopher Thomas, communications coordinator, ACT (right)     Ryan Lisk, manager of community health programs, ACT (left) Mason McColl, gay men's online strategy and resource coordinator, ACT (right)     Ty Best, graphic designer of the posters The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has just launched a bold, new multimedia campaign, HIVnow, that is intended to raise awareness around HIV because the times

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