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  1. Tim Hanafin 21 Oct 2013, 11:06am

    Education, education, education every month of every year starting in schools.

    1. But how many times do you need to tell someone that they should’t have unprotected sex before they leave the bareback brotherhood?

      TBH, I don’t think for a lot of guys or girls, gay or straight, education will make any more of a difference. Everyone knows unprotected sex can lead to STI’s like HIV. How can you teach someone something they already know?

      When I was a kid I was terrified of sex because of the Tory AIDS ads and the images of men painfully dying from AIDS. But now, with meds, people say how well they’re doing, so there’s not as much fear, and the fear of getting HIV is downplayed to give hope to those who have HIV – quite rightly so. And why should you make everyone terrified of sex? But fear is the only way to stop people taking those risks. It’s a no win situation.

      Like all diseases, there’s only one way to stop HIV, and that’s find a cure. I wish those bloody scientists would get their act together.

      1. Tim Hanafin 21 Oct 2013, 12:42pm

        Yes Mark Y we all wish that there would be a cure or an immunisation available but in the mean time prevention through education is the only course we have. As a 60 year old gay man I benefitted from a massive response from the gay community when HIV first hit. This was well before the hideous government ‘tombstone and iceberg’ campaigns. The free gay papers were full of as much information as could be found. What people now ignore is there are kids discovering their sexuality every week and the same messages need to be broadcast for each new emerging generation. The state of sex education in schools is shameful. I know because I have been in classrooms and inspected and reported on it.
        Until there is a cure or vaccination then we must educate our young in schools, in the gay press, the Internet, in gay venues everywhere. The alternative is a generation whose lives are blighted by toxic medication for the foreseeable future.

        1. But my point is, they are educated – I have never met a kid who doesn’t know you can get STI’s, including HIV from having unprotected sex. The kids and adults that have unprotected sex know this, it’s not a new fact for them, but the kids and adults that have unprotected sex do not care – that’s the point. And the more you tell someone, doesn’t mean they are going to stop. People still smoke even though they know they are going to die from cancer if they do, it doesn’t matter how many adverts tell you not to – it even says it on the packet as you get a cigarette out – but people still smoke. And even if ‘unprotected sex can give you HIV’ was tattoed on mens c0cks, people would still have unprotected sex. Every gay mag & news site has adverts & info telling the gay community unprotected sex can give you HIV – and yet rates are rising. Saying education is the answer is no answer at all – because people are educated about it – EVERYONE KNOWS UNPROTECTED SEX CAN LEAD TO HIV.

      2. Hi Mark, scientist here. We’ll gladly provide the cure when we have the means to find it. $ = HIV Cure

  2. Jock S. Trap 21 Oct 2013, 11:14am

    Indeed Tim… Education for all, Black, White, Gay, Straight, Boy Girl, education for ALL.

    It’s shameful that because the bigoted see HIV as a Gay disease they are less likely to teach yet unlike those teaching HIV doesn’t actually discriminate.

    1. Isn’t it a gay disease, Jock? Isn’t is that way because we decide to keep barebacking?

  3. Whatever happened to the message “wear condoms all of the time.” Excuse me for believing, as a gay man, but that’s a reasonable way to have sex.

  4. There is a debate that needs to happen inside the male gay community about the rise of barebacking.

    Too many gay men seem to be suffering from epidemic levels of denial, minimisation and rationalisation regarding this behaviour.

    Education is useful but it is the peer pressure that has to be tackled and that can only come from within side the community.

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