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June 21st, 2005
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HIV, in fanfic and in real life

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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: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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