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Homosexuality, Barebacking, and HIV

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Nov 3, 2002.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    '...The gap between public HIV prevention messages and gay men's behavior behind closed doors is wider than ever...'

    For years now Barebacking (the act of consciously engaging in unsafe anal sex) has been growing among the gay male and bisexual community. The history and rise of Barebacking was graphically documented in Poz magazine's February 1999 article <a href="http://www.poz.com/archive/february1999/inside/rideonthewild.html">'A Ride on the Wild Side'.</a>

    It was clear to many then, that the safer sex messages employed in the past were beginning to fail. As HIV prevention organizations tried to combat the rise in Barebacking they made their messages and seminars more and more graphic. This attempt to entice gay and bisexual men back into safe sex seemed to only attract the attention of conservative politicians, some even bashed the lifestyle on the forums ;).

    Now, with the outbreak of syphilis around the United States, the fears of a new tidal wave of HIV infections looms larger then ever. New messages are being crafted that encourage people to put the latex back on, by emphasizing the extreme side effects of HIV medications.

    The response to this epidemic of unsafe sex from the gay community, the media, the medical community and the politicians has been luke warm at best. What will be the wake up call to this crisis? How will we combat what appears to be human nature?

    NYTimes Story here
  2. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Well...probably by not making porno movies. That's just a guess.

  3. RRedline

    RRedline Veteran MMember

    Ethics, I don't think anybody has the answer to this problem. It is the same reason why so many people drive while under the influence of alcohol. "It will never happen to ME."

    Why do so many poor people keep having so many children? Why do people waste money and health on cigarettes? Why do people gamble away their life savings?

    I guess it's just human nature to be stupid sometimes.
  4. btdude

    btdude Veteran Member

    Just to chime in. First, I as a gay man do NOT approve of barebacking in general, especially among younger kids who seem to show an air of supremacy and almost indistructiveness. This arttitude has presented itself, in light of recent positive research findings into the prevention of HIV/AIDS. My message to these guys is that the epidemic is not over, and do not be stupid and do not hurt yourself, and others by engaging in risky behavior. In fairness, I preach the same message to guys my age, and older, although there is more understanding of the danger at those age levels, because, they like me, understand from personal experience what it is like to lose a friend and loved one from HIV/AIDS.

    That message would carry through to my straight friends, in telling them to be cautious of any other STD. So, barbacking, while a gay adopted term of art, can be applied across the board. That said. I see nothing wrong in partnered guys, or committed straight couples engaing in unprotected sex IF IF IF they have been together at least 1 year in a monogomous relationship, AND they have both been tested for HIV and other STD's.

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