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June 21st, 2005
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From:partly_bouncy
Date:June 21st, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
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hmmm. See, femmeslash doesn't have to deal with that much. And being Trek and some other things, I don't know how receptive I'd be to various things. Birth control occassionally gets mentioned but in vein of control periods of women because not good for all cycles to be synced and that Starfleet basically mandates it. The idea that Starfleet is mandating birth control to prevent accidental pregnancies is kind of creepy in and of itself and I don't want to think about it. I think there have been an episode or two of Star Trek Voyager where characters got STDs but the general gist of it is the magic of Trek medicine cures you...


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But the attitude of you can control AIDS through drug coctails is something that I've seen as a big issue in some places. That getting AIDS in some circles is viewed as no big deal, it is treatable. As such, people are becoming more lax in their condom use than they had been before. I've also read somewhere that some members of the gay community are going out and seeking to get it as a way to officially mark themselves as belonging to it.
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From:mofic
Date:June 21st, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
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How much safer sex is - or should be - an issue in f/f sex is a subject of big discussion in the lesbian community. That, of course, just deals with the here and now, not Star Trek or other futuristic femslash fandoms.

But the attitude of you can control AIDS through drug coctails is something that I've seen as a big issue in some places. That getting AIDS in some circles is viewed as no big deal, it is treatable. As such, people are becoming more lax in their condom use than they had been before.

I mentioned this, and the stuff about "bug chasers" as being things I've read a lot about but wonder whether it's really a major factor. Some of the articles (like the one in Rolling Stone that got so much play) seem to be sensationalizing practices of a very small group of people and making them seem to be a trend. Are you saying that you're seeing this behavior (not practicing safer sex because of not caring about getting infected or even actively seeking infection) among your real people in your social circle? Or just that you've read about those kinds of behavior?
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From:partly_bouncy
Date:June 21st, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
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mmm. The Trek community has different rules. :)

And the other behaviour, I've read about. The guys I know tend to be straight and very much into the condom and woman should be on the pill, sex in a relationship only. But the stuff involving that is stuff I recall having read in... *mind blanks* Newsweek? I suspect that it was something I read in Newsweek.
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From:mofic
Date:June 21st, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Could be Newsweek. As I said, it's been in a lot of the mainstream press. Whether it's a widespread phenomenon or just something that sells newspapers and magazines is another question...
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From:eveningblue
Date:June 22nd, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
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There was an excellent and extensive article about this in the New Yorker a few weeks ago, which explored the effects of crystal meth on the gay community and on the sexual practices of gay men.

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From:mofic
Date:June 22nd, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
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I think there's really good data to suggest that crystal meth is having a big effect on MSM and HIV/AIDS, as I said in the original post. I have my doubts about the whole "bug chaser" thing, though. I think MSM don't want to get infected, except for a very few. I think the reason crystal is such bad news is that it:

lowers inhibition
deadens pain
is addictive
is cheap

That is such a bad combo for sex, I think...
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