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  • STDs in L.A. County are skyrocketing. Officials think racism and stigma may be to blame

    05/07/2018 7:22:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 77 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 7, 2018 | Soumya Karlamangla
    he teenagers tucked their hands into their sweatshirt pockets as they shuffled to form a circle. Some gazed at the asphalt, trying to avoid the game they had been drafted to play. “It’s like hot potato/musical chairs, but with a penis,” said the girl leading the group. The kids gathered on a spring morning in South Los Angeles were about to get a hands-on lesson in sex education. Many health experts say that public health problems are best tackled outside the doctor’s office — that fixing the culture that perpetuates them is more effective than changing a single patient’s behavior....
  • Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

    08/23/2014 9:34:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 10:33 AM EDT | Matt Hamilton
    Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open. Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub. […] In the heyday of bathhouses in the late 1970s, there were nearly 200 gay bathhouses in cities across the U.S., but by 1990, the total had dropped to approximately 90, according to Damron, the publisher of an annual gay travel guide. In the last decade, bathhouses,...
  • Gay men push to end 30-year blood donation ban

    12/02/2013 7:39:21 AM PST · by Gritty · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2013 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    A push by activists to ease the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men faces a key test this week as a federal panel hears results of the latest research. The findings will be released amid growing pressure from politicians and advocates, including college students, to change the policy. Critics say the ban is a hangover from the early, fear-filled days of AIDS, stigmatizing gay men and ignoring advances in treatment and detection in the decades since...
  • 'National Gay Blood Drive' Protests FDA Ban on Gay Donors

    07/15/2013 2:41:42 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 42 replies
    After Marshall Duer-Balkind, 30, exited a blood donation center on Friday morning, he held up a long green form as evidence that he had been rejected as a blood donor. On the form Duer-Balkind pointed out that section that disqualified him from being a blood donor because of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy that bans men who have sex with men from giving blood. After Duer-Balkind showed the form to two volunteers from the National Gay Blood Drive demonstration, the volunteers pulled out a red ink pad and stamped “Rejected” on his forearm. The stamp was proof that...
  • Reputed Gay Bathhouses Remain Open In NYC

    02/28/2013 2:04:00 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 36 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/28/13 | Friends of Ours
    In the name of public health Nanny Bloomberg in New York City won't let his subjects gulp down a 16-ounce soda or light up a cigarette at a bar but as the HIV epidemic continues unabated it's apparently still okay to cruise for anonymous sex among the maze-like corriders of the East and West Side Clubs where gay men can rent claustrophobic cubicles for their presumed hookups. A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes that "one in five gay men in the United States has HIV, and almost half of those who carry the...
  • Marines Get Training on Accepting Gay Recruits

    04/28/2011 6:04:03 PM PDT · by BufordP · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 28 Apr 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    If a Marine spots two men in his battalion kissing off-duty at a shopping mall, he should react as if he were seeing a man and woman. If he turns on the television news to see a fellow Marine dressed as a civilian and marching in a parade with a banner that reads, "Support Gays and Lesbians in the Military!" he should accept it as a free right of expression. Prescriptions for those possible scenarios are being played out at Marine bases as the military prepares to allow gays to openly serve, ending a 17-year-old policy commonly known as "don't...
  • Syphilis spikes in San Franscisco

    12/06/2009 4:56:36 PM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 80 replies · 2,746+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Dec 5, 2009 | Victoria Coliver
    San Francisco health officials reported an alarming increase in new syphilis cases last year after years of declines. New syphilis cases rose 55.8 percent in 2008 over the previous year, San Francisco public health officials reported. The increase was significantly lower than the dramatic spikes reported early in the decade, when new infections increased 167 percent from 2001 to 2002. But last year's rise would seem to indicate an increase in unsafe sexual practices, which could lead to a rise in HIV infection rates.
  • 'HIV chasing' a trend in gay community

    04/21/2007 2:00:08 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 63 replies · 2,034+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 4/21/07 | AAP
    A Melbourne man who fantasised about contracting HIV before actually being infected by the virus has spoken of a gay subculture in which infection is seen as "desirable". The 20-year-old man, who does not want to be named, told Fairfax newspapers both complacency about the virus and the wish to have unprotected sex with an HIV-positive man he was in love with led him to become infected. "I wasn't actively seeking it, but maybe there were parts of me, dark corners, that wanted it, that were thinking, 'Let's just do it and get it over and done with and then...
  • Britain's Conservatives winning greater share of gay vote: poll

    04/17/2006 11:50:18 AM PDT · by lizol · 7 replies · 359+ views
    Britain's Conservatives winning greater share of gay vote: poll LONDON (AFP) - The election of David Cameron as leader of Britain's main opposition Conservative Party has delivered it a significant boost among the gay community, according to a survey. The poll for website suggested that 29.7 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) voters in England said they would back the Tories under Cameron in the forthcoming local elections on May 4. That figure compares with just 19.2 percent who voted for the party under its previous leader, Michael Howard, at the 2005 general election. Prime Minister Tony...
  • Critics attack Academy for Brokeback snub

    03/06/2006 10:36:42 AM PST · by mathprof · 105 replies · 3,183+ views ^ | 3/6/06 | Chris Ayres
    Leading US critics have questioned whether Hollywood is yet ready to give its biggest prize to a gay love story after the race drama Crash grabbed the Best Picture Oscar at the 78th Academy Awards last night. Brokeback Mountain, the story of unfulfilled love between two gay cowboys that was nominated in eight categories, had been the runaway favourite for the award after cleaning up in the Golden Globes and Baftas. But although it won three Oscars, including the Best Director award for the Taiwanese Ang Lee, the year's most talked-about film ended up losing on the final prize of...
  • Gays brokenhearted over 'Brokeback' loss (S.F. crowd gets quiet, some cry as 'Crash' wins Oscar)

    03/06/2006 1:48:07 PM PST · by presidio9 · 94 replies · 1,986+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, March 6, 2006 | Wyatt Buchanan
    The single-word title of the film that won best picture at the Academy Awards Sunday night, beating "Brokeback Mountain," could perhaps best describe the mood at the end of San Francisco's premier Oscar night party. Moments before, when "Brokeback's" Ang Lee won for best director, the packed house at the Academy of Friends AIDS fundraising gala at the Concourse Exhibition Center erupted in wild cheering. But as Jack Nicholson announced the best picture award for "Crash," a film that received nowhere near the media attention of the cowboy love story, the crowd went quiet. Some booed, and others cried. This...
  • The Sophistry of "Tolerance"

    05/01/2005 12:44:00 PM PDT · by expatguy · 32 replies · 481+ views
    It's both bemusing and sad at times to watch how in recent years moral relativists and secular humanists have completely taken over not only our society, but our dictionaries as well and relentlessly used their nunchakus of "diversity" and "tolerance" to beat a moral and unsuspecting society into submission. For the obvious reasons, standing up and facing our opponents head on is nothing more than an exercise in futilty at this point. We'll only get thunked again on the head with the nunchakus. Only by skillfully disarming our adversaries first can we prevail and fight to regain the dignity of...
  • Police find 28 HIV-positive men at gay orgy (Taipei)

    01/20/2004 10:04:43 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 18 replies · 350+ views
    Police find 28 HIV-positive men at gay orgy Taipei - A Taiwan health official on Tuesday warned islanders against unprotected sex after disclosing that 28 people in a 92-strong gay orgy proved to be HIV-positive. "Among the 92 young men who took part in the home party last Saturday, 14 admitted they were hospital-registered Aids patients or HIV carriers. Another 14 also tested positive to HIV, so there are 28 Aids patients or HIV carriers," Ling Ding, deputy director of the Centre for Disease Control, told a news conference. "Test results also showed that 46 participants, including 14 HIV...
  • AIDS cases rising among gay men

    11/30/2003 7:02:36 PM PST · by yonif · 61 replies · 265+ views
    News Leader ^ | November 29, 2003 | Joseph B. Verrengia - AP
    <p>Federal officials say more signs of "prevention fatigue" are reflected in the latest report on AIDS — a 17 percent increase in new HIV cases among gay men over the past three years. "HIV is not over in the United States," said Robert Janssen, director HIV/AIDS prevention division for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The fight is as urgent as it was 20 years ago."</p>
  • THE "BUG-CHASERS" -- is there any hard evidence at all to support the 25% claim?

    01/22/2003 10:12:37 AM PST · by xm177e2 · 20 replies · 644+ views
    The Daily Dish (AScom) ^ | 1/19/03 | Andrew Sullivan
    THE "BUG-CHASERS": I read Drudge's synopsis of the Rolling Stone piece arguing that one quarter of all gay male HIV transmission is now deliberate. The piece is not online, but the precis reads like Stephen Glass. Is there an actual study showing this? Nope. Just one doc mouthing off. Is there any evidence supporting such an extraordinary claim? None that I can see. There's one lonely fact, though:Dr. Cabaj estimates that at least twenty-five percent of all newly infected gay men fall into [bug-chasing] category. With about 40,000 new infections in the United States per year, according to government reports,...

    01/21/2003 4:56:32 PM PST · by Brian Mosely · 84 replies · 736+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 1/21/03
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUE JAN 21, 2003 17:59:25 ET XXXXX MAG: 25% OF NEW HIV CASES IN USA ARE MEN WHO SOUGHT OUT VIRUS New ROLLING STONE Managing Editor Ed Needham is set to hit complete controversy with a 4-page report: "Bug Chasers: The Men Who Secretly Long To Be HIV+." Filed by Greg Freeman, the shock story claims some men with HIV are deliberately having unprotected sex with those who want to be infected! MORE "The men who want the virus are called 'bug chasers,' and the men who freely give them the virus are called 'gift givers.'...