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Hollywood, the place of flickering dreams and dancing shadows provides us entertainment in many ways. Most especially when its professional liars (actors) make pronouncements that are utterly without foundation and are equally as silly:
While the connection between HPV and certain cancers is not disputed I find Douglas’s claimed cure to be rather dubious to say the least. Ah well at least with the roll-out of the HPV vaccine there will be less chance of such cancers into the future so the precursor to casual sex will require a check of both HIV and HPV status…
It is nearly June and I want to find a blog that is worthy of being my blog of the month so I thought that I would ask you, my dear readers, for nominations. The blog can have any topic or focus as long as it is interesting and well written. I will even consider blogs with leftist political leanings if they are good enough.
Failing any ideas for blog of the month please feel free to comment on any topic that takes your fancy, except Moi.
I have a very busy day ahead what with Gym classes for daughter number one, a visit to the library, a session on the bench grinder to make some suspension components for my sports car and playing genial host for a musical afternoon; it is going to be all go here today.
REVEALED: This is the first picture of Stuart McDonald, the 39-year-old suspected of recklessly spreading the HIV virus. The Advertiser yesterday successfully argued for a suppression on his image to be lifted and AdelaideNow was the first media outlet to reveal his image. Picture: MARK BRAKE DO YOU RECOGNISE THIS MAN? Contact the Advertiser chief of staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have wrote about this chap before and now that his photo has been released after the lifting of a suppression order I publish it here. please refer to my earlier post or the quote source of for more detail.
Another case of some one deliberately infecting their lover with HIV, this time here in Queensland. This sort of behaviour is clearly a problem nation wide and It seems to me that the legal sanctions are by no stretch of the imagination of great enough magnitude .
A Brisbane man accused of deliberately infecting his teenage boyfriend with HIV told the younger man he was “clean” and didn’t need to worry about having unprotected sex, a court has heard.
Jamie Michael Richards, 34, has pleaded not guilty to unlawfully and intentionally transmitting a serious disease and causing grievous bodily harm to the boy, now aged 20.
A District Court jury was today told the pair had embarked on a casual sexual relationship between January 2004 and January 2005, after a “fluke” meeting at Beenleigh Railway Station.(source)
What comes to mind in terms of a just punishment is a long term of imprisonment and a denial to the convicted of any of the expensive medication that would keep their disease at bay…
This extract was sent to me this morning and it is the second reference that I have seen today to this phenomena in the gay subculture I will chase the other reference and add it latter today as I have to take my daughter to her Gym class in a couple of minutes. If this is even half as prevalent in the gay community as the piece in the Village Voice was suggesting (25%!!!)Then there is a very big problem that is clearly exasperated by political correctness (don’t criticize any aspect of Gay culture or you are a homophobe!!!) More on this later.
* ‘Bug-chaser’ subculture more than a myth
* Man admits seeking HIV from lover
* Had been pursued on internet to pass on HIV
A MELBOURNE man who fantasised about contracting HIV before actually being infected by the virus speaks 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 it won’t be an issue’,” he said.
The young professional is the first to speak out about “bug chasing”, a behaviour in the gay community in which men seek to become infected with HIV.
“…………Dawn Wilcock, of Positive Women Victoria, a support group for HIV-positive women, said the reaction showed a need for Melbourne’s gay community leaders to stop dismissing claims of the subculture as an urban myth.
“There’s a lot of defensive and protective behaviour going on that is not addressing the potential repercussions of this,” Ms Wilcock said.
“It’s a real problem. We know that 75 per cent of Victorian women infected with HIV are contracting the virus from long-term male partners, so the health campaigns targeting gay men need to target others in the community who would never publicly identify themselves as being gay, too.”
Update As promised
I first heard of the “bug chasing” meme when I happened upon an episode of “Queer as folk” one night on SBS while I was channel surfing. In that tele drama a character was contemplating going to a “conversion” party. I was naturally horrified that such things existed and I thought that it was a very sad example of wanting to embrace victim hood and the nihilism of a significant part of the gay subculture. I thought nothing more of it until I first read of the cases in South Australia and in Victoria of men deliberately setting out to spread HIV.
I have seen two left wing blogs try very hard to down play the promiscuity of gay men one makes the comparison to the heterosexual swinging scene and the other was likewise suggesting that the sort of behaviour discussed in my previous post was not a problem . Comentators at Jeremy Sear’s blog very soon slipped into an excited exchange about the availability of condoms at “SOP” (sex on premises) venues while ignoring the idea that the sort of anonymous encounters are in fact the problem especially as each man may well have sexual contact with many others each night at such venues.
As I see it the crux of the problem boils down to the disconnect between sex and love particularly among gay men; when your personal validation comes from transient sexual encounters it is rather like taking narcotics, the longer you take them the more you need for the next high. But when you make sex part of a loving relationship it becomes a spiritual meal that you selflessly share with a significant other. All power to those who find the latter be they Gay or heterosexual but lets not pretend that we have to defend all aspects of “gay culture”, some of it is just socially pernicious and a risk to the health of everyone.