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  • New Yorkers diagnosed with rare sex disease

    02/03/2005 1:40:58 PM PST · by sure_fine · 47 replies · 1,548+ views
    NEW YORK : Two New York men have been diagnosed with a rare sexually transmitted disease that has recently been making inroads among gay and bisexual men in Europe. The disease, a rare form of chlamydia known as lymphogranuloma venereum, or LGV, can cause serious illness, permanent disfigurement and fuel the spread of AIDS, according to New York health officials. "LGV is a serious condition and its emergence in New York City reflects continuing high levels of unsafe sexual activity among men who have sex with men," said the city's health commissioner Thomas Frieden. "It is also critical for gay...
  • Homosexuals should pay more insurance

    01/20/2005 11:04:16 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 31 replies · 1,630+ views
    CFP ^ | January 20, 2005 | Nathan Tabor
    With the big flap over so-called "gay marriage" temporarily on the back burner--now that their fearless but feckless leader John Kerry has gone down in flames, and with the first government-sanctioned same-sex unions already ending nastily in divorce courts and bitter custody battles--this just might be an opportune moment to discuss some rarely mentioned health problems inherent within the allegedly avant garde homosexual lifestyle. Some would say it is a known fact that most homosexuals, and especially gay men, are promiscuous. Their rhetoric is carefully crafted to give the impression they are in "committed, caring relationships" while research suggests that...
  • Gay Men May Be Misusing Viagra

    01/14/2005 9:25:04 AM PST · by presidio9 · 47 replies · 3,803+ views
    Reuters Health ^ | Fri, Jan 14, 2005
    Approximately one out of six gay men use Viagra recreationally, and are more likely to do so if they are also using illegal drugs, new research indicates. U.S. investigators Richard Crosby of the University of Kentucky in Lexington and his co-author R. J. DiClemente found that men who experimented with cocaine and ecstasy were nearly three times more likely to have used Viagra without a prescription in the previous three months. However, the authors caution that the men included in the study were all attending a sex resort. Nevertheless, the results raise concerns, Crosby and DiClemente write. Taking Viagra may...
  • Bug Chasing, AIDS, and the Death Wish

    12/21/2004 1:15:26 PM PST · by simicyber · 71 replies · 1,788+ views
    National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality ^ | December 13, 2004 | Dr. Gerald Schoenewolf
    Psychoanalyst comments on gay "bug chasing."
  • 'Poke And Stick' Parties Pose Serious Risks To Teens

    12/16/2004 5:47:20 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 35 replies · 1,365+ views
    The advent of "poke and stick" parties is causing a stir as more of our nation's youth are choosing to have their new tattoo or piercing done by a teenage friend, rather than a professional. Since these parties could be happening in your community, the Pennsylvania Medical Society cautions that this fad not only may violate a new state law, but it also could spread infectious diseases, like HIV and hepatitis. The organization's member doctors recommend that parents and teens carefully consider safety measures to protect themselves from serious health consequences. The ancient arts of tattooing and body piercing appear...
  • Playing it unsafe

    11/16/2004 3:57:40 PM PST · by Mark was here · 26 replies · 2,411+ views
    Detroit Metro-Times ^ | 11/10/2004 | Anthony Martinez Beven
    The men begin parking along the quiet residential street in Redford around 9 on Saturday nights — and the last leave around 6 Sunday mornings. In the intervening hours, some 40 to 85 men pay $12 to engage in orgy-style sex in the basement and ground-floor rooms of the ranch-style home. There are few rules. "Don’t ask, don’t tell" is the typical approach to the question of HIV status. And condoms are rarely used. That’s the point at a "bareback" party.
  • Gay youth smoke more, study finds

    10/27/2004 11:39:46 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 80 replies · 1,023+ views
    Planet Out ^ | Wed, Oct 27, 2004 | Tom Musbach
    Gay and lesbian youth, like older LGBT people, may be 40 to 60 percent more likely than their straight peers to smoke cigarettes, according to data presented last week at a conference of gay and lesbian medical professionals. In a survey of over 12,000 students in grades 7-12, about 8 percent of the respondents indicated having same-sex attractions or same-sex relationships. Of those, nearly 45 percent of females and 35 percent of males reported smoking. Among those who did not report same-sex attractions, 29 percent -- both males and females -- were smokers. The survey was conducted by the National...
  • "Crystal Meth" New Drug Of Choice On Gay Party Circuit

    09/16/2004 12:22:46 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 106 replies · 2,197+ views
    NARTH ^ | August 31, 2004
    A longtime member of the New York Gay Men's Chorus, Bobby Darnell, nearly became a casualty of the crystal methamphetamine drug scene... Darnell began using crystal meth in casual sexual encounters and began searching the Internet for sexual liaisons. References on the Internet to "PNP" parties (shorthand for "party and play" - meaning sex and drugs) helps drug-addicted gay men find sex parties. Darnell was eventually hospitalized for his growing addicytion but later stopped using the drug. The use of crystal meth to enhance sexual experiences has spread rapidly among gay parties---especially during the past three to four years. A...
  • Sex study: Teens who watch more, do more (amazing discovery, who would have guessed?)

    09/07/2004 2:11:18 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 17 replies · 686+ views
    AP, via Tallahassee Democrat ^ | 9/6/04 | LINDSEY TANNER
    CHICAGO - Children who watched a lot of TV with sexual content were about twice as likely to start having intercourse during the subsequent year as those with little exposure to televised sex, researchers found. High exposure to TV sex among those age 12 to 17 also was linked with a lower but still substantially increased risk of starting non-intercourse behavior, including passionate kissing and oral sex, the researchers found. Even shows that only refer to sex but don't depict it had the effect, they found. "Exposure to TV that included only talk about sex was associated with the same...
  • Study Links TV to Teen Sexual Activity

    09/07/2004 5:44:38 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 93 replies · 1,478+ views
    Health - Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 7, 2004 | Michael Conlon
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Teenagers who watch a lot of television with sexual content are twice as likely to engage in intercourse than those who watch few such programs, according to a study published on Tuesday. The study covered 1,792 adolescents aged 12 to 17 who were quizzed on viewing habits and sexual activity and then surveyed again a year later. Both regular and cable television were included. "This is the strongest evidence yet that the sexual content of television programs encourages adolescents to initiate sexual intercourse and other sexual activities," said Rebecca Collins, a psychologist at the RAND Corp. who...
  • Germany: HIV infections rise among gays

    07/09/2004 7:15:36 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 24 replies · 694+ views
    FAZ ^ | 07/09/04 | Peter-Philipp Schmitt
    HIV infections rise among gays More and more young homosexuals forget about the risks of AIDS By Peter-Philipp Schmitt Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The test had been long overdue. But Tim decided to have it done once he realized that he had another problem anyway. “I only went because I had contracted syphilis,“ he says. The results were not the news Tim wanted to hear: He had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Around Germany, increasing numbers of young German homosexuals like Tim are learning that they, too, are carrying around the deadly virus. While the number of new infections has...
  • Abortion, substance abuse linked

    06/23/2004 9:50:04 PM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 171+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/24/04 | Amy Doolittle
    <p>Women who abort their first accidental pregnancy are likely to abuse substances, a new study says.</p> <p>The report, published this month in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, is the latest of more than 20 studies linking abortion to substance abuse.</p>
  • CNN's Cooper and Gupta Bemoan Reagan's Indifference to AIDS(CNN's INDIFFERENCE to the FACTS)

    06/10/2004 5:37:15 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 63 replies · 392+ views
    MRC ^ | Thursday June 10, 2004 | BrentBaker
    On Tuesday night CNN devoted a segment of Anderson Cooper 360 to how, as CNN's Dr, Sanjay Gupta put it, throughout his presidency "many would accuse President Reagan of ignoring AIDS," as if Reagan talking about it would have done more to prevent it than those in the homosexual community modifying their unsafe sex practices. Leading into a Reagan clip from 1987, Gupta complained that "the first time President Reagan would utter the word AIDS in public would be well into his second term, six years after the virus was discovered." In fact, Reagan talked about AIDS in 1985 and...
  • Homophobia kills, literally

    06/05/2004 12:19:30 PM PDT · by Wally_Kalbacken · 19 replies · 232+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 6-06-2004 | Cynthia Tucker
    Though President Bush rarely mentions it -- too many conservatives in Congress are uncomfortable with amending the Constitution to ban same-sex unions -- conservative preachers and right-wing activists can't let go of gay marriage. They're still using its "threat" to traditional families to rally their parishioners, lest they forget to be judgmental and unwittingly slip into love and mercy. Nowhere are the front lines in the battle against gay marriage tended with more care than in conservative black churches, where ministers regularly denounce homosexuality as an abomination. It is a curious approach they would no doubt characterize as "tough love,"...
  • Sexual Activity and Condom Use Up Among High School Students; 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey

    05/20/2004 4:04:34 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 238+ views
    Sexual Activity and Condom Use Up Among High School Students; 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Released 5/20/2004 7:00:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Adrienne Verrilli of Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S., 212-819-9770 NEW YORK, May 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance - United States, 2003 (YRBS). This report monitors six categories of health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults, including sexual behavior. Overall, trends in sexual behavior among high school students have been positive over the last 12 years. High school students who...
  • Meth abuse elevates HIV crisis for gays

    04/18/2004 2:10:14 PM PDT · by Wally_Kalbacken · 96 replies · 317+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 04/17/04 | CAMERON McWHIRTER, JILL YOUNG MILLER
    When Patrick Smith started using methamphetamine, he quickly found that sex and the potent drug — which gay men call Tina or Crystal — became hopelessly connected. Whenever he had sex, he wanted meth. Whenever he was high on meth, he wanted sex. A methamphetamine user since he was 16, Smith spent years having anonymous, unprotected sex while high. He took the drug whenever he could. He hooked up with male partners — he has no idea how many — at large dance parties and at all-night sex clubs. Smith ran out of money and prostituted himself. He was hospitalized...
  • Study: Lesbian & Bisexual Girls at Heightened Risk for Tobacco Use

    04/05/2004 2:45:10 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 35 replies · 155+ views
    Study: Lesbian & Bisexual Girls at Heightened Risk for Tobacco Use; Prevention Efforts Important When Working With Girls 4/5/2004 4:05:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Mary-Ellen Shay of Children's Hospital Boston, 617-355-6420; web: BOSTON, April 5 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A new study has found that lesbian and bisexual girls may be among the hardest hit by tobacco among the nation's young people. Led by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, the study appears in the April issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Using data from adolescents participating in...
  • Cynthia Tucker: Blacks flee gays, can't flee AIDS

    03/13/2004 7:23:35 PM PST · by mhking · 53 replies · 771+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3.14.04 | Cynthia Tucker
    Black America's casual homophobia hardly speaks well for a people who have experienced so much discrimination themselves. But this bit of knee-jerk bigotry is no longer a mere social failing. It is now also a killer, keeping black gays in the closet and contributing to the rise of HIV. From the black church to the barbershop, a gay-bashing ethos is so prevalent that black men who have sex with other men refuse to admit that they're gay. Indeed, according to Dr. Helene Gayle, one of the nation's top African-American experts on AIDS, some black parents prefer to falsely accuse their...
  • 'Crystal Meth' Use Boosts STD Rates Among Gay Men

    03/13/2004 9:02:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies · 475+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/11/04 | Randy Dotinga
    'Crystal Meth' Use Boosts STD Rates Among Gay Men Thu Mar 11, 11:47 PM ET By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 11 (HealthDayNews) -- Crystal methamphetamine -- or "speed" -- seems to be a driving factor behind higher rates of sexually transmitted disease among gay and bisexual men. In one study from San Francisco, gay men who visited a health clinic were twice as likely to be infected with the AIDS virus if they had recently used the illegal drug. And they were nearly five times as likely to be diagnosed with syphilis. Armed with the new statistics, federal...
  • Internet blamed in spread of syphilis among gays

    03/11/2004 6:25:50 AM PST · by Peter J. Huss · 46 replies · 291+ views
    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Internet has played a significant role in the latest increase in cases of syphilis among gay men by introducing partners more likely to practice high-risk sex, according to a study released on Wednesday. About 22 percent of homosexual men diagnosed with early stage syphilis reported meeting one or more of their sexual partners through the Internet around the time they were infected, said the study by the Los Angeles Health Department. Researchers at a national conference in Philadelphia on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases also said they found gays who used the Web to meet...