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.
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.
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.
Hot temperature, beautiful scenery and transit folks looking for fun set the scene for those who visit South Florida. The hope of hedonist-fused decadence draws tourists and transplants from all over the world. But sometimes risky behavior comes with a price.
I spoke to 40 gay men in seven countries, either online or in person. All of them made it clear in their online profiles that they eschew the use of protection. None of them is HIV-positive. Here is the list of reasons why they don't use condoms.
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.
On a cold winter day in Manchester, England, I met Patrick Ettenes, an HIV activist and writer for Out Northwest. What really made me want to meet him was his statement on the phone that "HIV is the best thing that ever happened to me!"
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.
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.
Apparently, the self-described "largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S.," the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, wants to lead us back to the days of Bowers v. Hardwick. AHF wants to criminalize for-profit videos depicting unprotected sex.
Of course we don't want to distract energy from the fight against Prop 8's vicious proponents - but if we don't deal with these issues, rising HIV levels and the possibility of super-AIDS will deal with us.