We're not going to candy-coat it: The talk will be awkward as hell. Though not as awkward as a surprise case of herpes. Just don't make us pull out the cliche that if you're comfortable enough to get naked and grind with a new partner then you should be comfortable enough to talk with them.
Whenever a new study of gay men shows, yet again, that we are having bareback sex, the arbiters of sexual rectitude among us decry this behavior as shameful, shocking, and murderous. So you can just imagine runaway pearls showering the floor when HuffPost Gay Voices reported on such a study.
Recently I met a younger guy who is HIV-negative, and I don't want to risk transmission, so I decided to start loving the condom and learned to stop dropping those mind bombs that kept me down on the farm.
We speak often on the importance of communication when it comes to straight kids, but often, parents assume that there's no need to talk with their LGBTQ kids about sex and love. We find out best ways to have the talk with your non-hetero teen.
Simon Watney has an established reputation in the field of HIV/AIDS. In response to the increasingly surreal and ineffective responses to the fact that HIV infections among gay men in wealthy countries are increasing, he has decided that he and his contemporaries need to return to advocacy.
I suggest an alternative: Shift the responsibility for safe sex to the individual. Gay health organizations need to redirect their efforts from stuffing condom packets into teaching responsibility, safety and fun.
I created "The Power to Be Strong" Song and Music Video Campaign to reach millions of people around the world about the importance of voluntary HIV counseling and testing and increased adherence to safer sex practices.
By showing support for negative guys, I am clearly demeaning HIV-positive men. But wait! I'm HIV-positive myself, so that must mean I'm being sarcastic in my support of negative guys, because there's so little room for sincerity and goodwill in the chasm between us.
If HIV-negative men were more assertive about their status, they could take on a fairer share of responsibility in regard to HIV prevention. HIV-positive men have their own status to manage. It's not their responsibility to manage yours too, but it seems that they're expected to do so.
By passing the Real Education for Health Youth Act, we would ensure that Americans know their bodies, know their health and are empowered through comprehensive sexual education programs to make healthy and responsible decisions about sexual health.
The documentary Sex Positive looks at the life of Mr. Berkowitz, a writer and former sex worker and the author of Stayin' Alive: The Invention of Safe Sex. Mr. Berkowitz continues to tour and speak about HIV/AIDS, and he took time to speak with me in early January.
If a partner is offended that you won't have unprotected sex, please get your clothes back on. Being willing to go to bed with you without protection indicates that he/she did that with other partners... Do you really want to sleep with all the people this person has slept with, and all of those people's casual partners?
Though there were not as many spectacular sexual implosions in 2012 (remember 2011's Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Herman Cain and Jerry Sandusky?), there were still significant political and social developments that will have implications for healthy sex for years to come.