January 26, 2013

January 26, 2013

50 Percent of Grinder, Scruff & Manhunt Users Bareback

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you had a beary safe and great week. It has been another very busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

One of the things that upset me is when I hear people are carelessly have unprotected sex. In the gay world, this is called barebacking.

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Community Healthcare Network (CHN) in New York released a report from a study called “Zero Feet Away: Perspective on HIV/AIDS and Unprotected Sex in Men Who Have Sex with Men Utilizing Location-based Mobile Apps,” which shows the following:

46.4% of respondents who use these social networking apps admitted to barebacking always, often, or sometimes

When asked why they barebacked, 73.8% say “Impulsive sexual behaviors”, 84.6% say with condoms it does not feel the same”

This after 80.9% of respondents knew that HIV is transmitted through "unprotected anal sex, vaginal sex, and – less frequently – oral sex.”

This is scary. As an HIV-positive man, I often feel like I need to apologize to those who became infected before me - for not listening to them for not heeding their advice to be safe. These social networking apps are a business, I get that - however they are also playing a major role in what I believe will become an increase in HIV infections. You basically have instant gratification knowing the person standing 20 feet from is probably seeking the same thing you are seeking. This "impulsive sexual behaviors" are magnified when you see your catch right before your eyes. I fear that these social networking (no strike that out) these hook up sites could result in a setback for ending HIV/AIDS.

We as a community need to be reminded that AIDS still kills, HIV still infects and changes lives forever. We as a community are responsible for playing our part in ending HIV/AIDS we can do this by protecting ourselves - being responsible for our own health and insisting in being safe.

This report which is attached is troubling and I'd suggest everyone read it and share it, to think that nearly 50% of those using these apps engage in bareback sex, its important! It's information everyone needs to know and a reminder of safe sex practices will not only help protect yourself it will also help protect our community, your friends and family front contracting HIV/AIDS.

Hope you have a beary safe and great Saturday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab