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Bareback Culture, HIV, and Our Gay Future

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

If you make an informed decision to practice barebacking, then so be it. I can't say I will never do the same. However, short-term pleasure, a sense of belonging, and the excitement of abandoning homonormative sociosexual practices cannot be divorced from either a willful rejection of long-term health or a romanticized concept of what HIV infection leads to.

BB and Me: Certificate of Negativity

Matthew Terrell | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

"I'm sorry, stud, but I won't bareback," was my standard reply. "Why? Are you (HIV) positive?" was Carlos's standard response. "No, I'm negative," I said back.

The HIV Equal Campaign and a Half Century of Gay Sex

David Toussaint | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

You wouldn't have known that an HIV test awaited you from the red carpet entrance and the group of photographers perched outside, waiting for Sandra...

BB and Me: Emotional Intelligence

Matthew Terrell | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

The fact that I have never barebacked speaks more toward my emotional flaws than some enlightened sexual ethic I possess. If I were a better gay man, I would have had a boyfriend by now who I loved enough to bareback with.

BB and Me

Matthew Terrell | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

There is a shift occurring in my world towards bareback sex, and I feel increasingly alienated because of it.

Gay Barebacking Study Reveals Surprise Facts About The Controversial Practice

Posted 03.03.2014 | Gay Voices

A new study by England's University of Westminster found what appears to be an uptick in the number of young gay men who find unprotected sex with a s...

Duo Behind Controversial Barebacking Film On Their Movie's Mission

Posted 02.20.2014 | Gay Voices

The director and star of "Chaser," the new short film about the barebacking community, spoke to HuffPost Live this week about the research and prepara...

Can Barebacking Be Safer Sex?

POZ Magazine | Trenton Straube | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices

In 1997, Tony Valenzuela was an up-and-coming LGBT rights activist, open about his HIV-positive status and viewed by many as a beacon of the movement...

Is Unprotected Sex the New Normal?

Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Dick Keiser Jr., Ph.D.

Just because more and more gay men are having unprotected (bareback) sex doesn't make it right! It just shows a lack of education and awareness of risk.

How I Didn't Get AIDS

Andrew Miller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Most of my young gay friends are uninterested in the history of my membership in ACT UP, but a few, like Jake, are curious, even insistent. I answer their questions and try to explain what it was like to be 25 in the East Village in 1989.

Facebook Shuts Down Controversial 'Bareback' Page

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.13.2013 | Gay Voices

A controversial Facebook page devoted to the practice of unprotected sex between consenting male partners (known as "barebacking") has sparked a dialo...

No Latex, No Love: The Bare Side Of Gay Pride

Marten Weber | Posted 09.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

It bothers me that on the very afternoon when we were reminded at the rally that 78 countries still punish homosexuals, I received my first message by an 18-year-old boy begging me for bareback sex. Call me naïve, but I was shocked to the core. I had no idea that this was going on.

The Most Important Gay Porn Film Ever Made?

Mark S. King | Posted 09.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

In June 2004 Dawson's 20 Load Weekend was released and was precisely as advertised. Depending on your point of view, it is either a transgressive act of eroticism or an incredibly irresponsible act that demonstrates how to become infected with HIV. Or perhaps both.