22 Jun 2016

Health: Do I Really Need to Wear a Condom For Oral Sex?

Catégorie: Health
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This is a question I hear every day while administering rapid HIV tests to clients. Most gay/bi men understand the need for condoms during anal sex (whether they want to wear them or not is a whole other blog post), but many question the necessity of wearing a condom during oral sex. So is it necessary? Let’s take a quick look at some facts and you can decide for yourself.

The CDC’s website has the following to say about a person’s risk of contracting HIV from oral sex: “There is little to no risk of getting or transmitting HIV from oral sex”. Further down the page it states: “The chance an HIV-negative person will get HIV from oral sex with an HIV-positive partner is extremely low”. Okay. So HIV is fairly hard to contract from oral sex, but what about other STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections)?

People love numbers and percentages. The number of times people ask me things like “I was sucking a guy off on a Tuesday, for about 5 minutes, and he pulled out, but then he put his dick back in my mouth after he came, and he was a brunette. What are the odds I contracted anything”?

17 Jun 2016

Health : Gay Blood Ban Petition – Sign Now!

Catégorie: Health
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For a long history, there has been a blood donation ban on gay and bisexual men. Recently, the FDA has changed the law indicating the a gay man must remain abstinent and not engage in any sexual intercourse with other men for one year. This revision is a mockery of the LGBT community and it still promotes the ideology that being gay is transmittable through a simple blood transfusion.

Both the law and revision are absurd and only inhibits the amount of blood acquired for necessary operations. In light of the massacre in Florida, where over 100 gay U.S. citizens were either brutally killed or injured, many people in the community want to step and and donate to their friends and family. However with this regulation, they may be forbidden to do so.

If you live in the USA, please sign the petition right here so that all of us can donate to our brothers and sisters.

If you live in Canada, same regulation applies for gay blood donation. Sign the petition right here to end this now!

Thanks and please share these links on your social media using hashtag #SameBlood and #GayBloodMatters :

USA: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/lift-blood-donation-ban-gay-and-bisexual-us-citizens

Canada: https://www.liberal.ca/petitions/end-the-gay-blood-donation-ban/

Dave

30 May 2016

Health : High Risk For HIV Transmission

Catégorie: Health
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Report from the Field: Experience of online outreach for black MSM populations at high risk for HIV transmission

Minority men who have sex with men (MSM) are among the most difficult population to access for HIV risk reduction, and have among the highest incidence rates of HIV in the US. Black men and women accounted for 44% of all new HIV infections in the US in2010, and of these, black MSM accounted for 51% (CDC, 2016).

The BARRE (Bareback Assertive Risk Reduction Education) Project collected data engaging men who have sex with men (MSM) from the Internet in Houston, Texas from November 2013 to June 2015 (36 months). On sexual partner seeking websites, 400 MSM advertising for bareback sex were contacted 1 on 1 online for synchronous or asynchronous chats, and responded. Texting took on average about 15 minutes, and phone conversations a little less than 20 minutes. The interviewer was a black gay man trained in outreach and working in close coordination with the local health department. Men who responded were young (51.8% were aged 18-29, the remainder 30-54); 78% were African American, 18.5% Latino, and the remainder white. Over half (59.5%) identified as HIV negative, 19.5% were unknown, or did not disclose, their HIV status, and 21% identified as HIV positive; and 67% had tested for HIV in the past 12 months. Those with unknown HIV status were twice as likely as those who knew they were HIV positive or believed they were HIV negative, to have had unprotected anal sex at last intercourse.

17 May 2016

A4A : Homophobia

Catégorie: A4A : Health
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Homophobia is an insidious phenomenon that often succeeds in taking hold in a subtle, discreet and often invisible ways. Nobody is immune from hostility and hurtful acts  directed towards homosexuals and homosexuality itself. Even we as homosexuals may adopt homophobic behaviors to shield ourselves from the hate and aggression that comes from homophobia.

The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) strives to fight all forms of Homophobia. Large scale, world-wide efforts like this are needed, as 1.5 billion people globally still live under regimes which criminalize gay relationships.

12 May 2016

Health : Justin Trudeau Donates 800 Million to Cure HIV/AIDS

Catégorie: Health
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HIV/AIDS remains one of the world’s deadliest diseases. In 2014 alone it resulted in 1.2 million deaths and has killed more than 39 million lives worldwide.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government are ready to put an end to it, once and for all! They recently announced a pledge of a giganormous $785 million to cure the diseases. The goal as stated in a news release sent out by the Prime Minister Monday is to save 8 million lives and prevent 300 million new infections.

The Prime Minister announced alongside the funding that Canada will host the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Montréal, Quebec (A4A’s city!!!) on September 16, 2016, stating, This is an historic opportunity for Canada and the world. By fast-tracking investments and building global solidarity, we can bring an end to three devastating epidemics – AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria – that have tragic and far-reaching impacts on the world’s most vulnerable people.”