A special event at London’s Southbank centre this week will explore the impact of unsafe sex practices in gay pornography.

Bareback Mountain, a discussion and performance, will be held at the Purcell Room this Friday, 13th February.

Last year Boyz magazine broke a story about an HIV+ porn performer who claimed he was infected making a “bareback” porn film (ie: one where no condoms were used).

BBC news programme Newsnight and PinkNews.co.uk also broke the story.

Click here to read an exclusive PinkNews.co.uk interview with a porn performer who became HIV+ after filming bareback scenes.

“25 years after the battle against HIV began there is mounting evidence that gay men are ignoring the safer sex message,” the Southbank said in a press release.

“Bareback porn, depicting unsafe sex, has come out from under the counter and into the gay mainstream.

“What message is this sending out? And what of the models who make this form of gay adult entertainment?”

Karl Riley, the Boyz journalist who broke the HIV+ bareback performer story, joins Paul Burston of Time Out, Tim Teeman of The Times and others, to discuss these issues.

There is also a special performance by Dean Monroe, a singer and porn performer.

Bareback Mountain, Purcell Room, Friday 13 February 2009, 7.45pm. Tickets cost £10.

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/literature-spoken-word/productions/bareback-mountain-43961