Monday, January 14, 2008

Playing It Safe

Today's latest bit of edifying news.
A new variety of staph bacteria, highly resistant to antibiotics and possibly transmitted by sexual contact, is spreading among gay men in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles, researchers reported Monday.

The study released online by the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found the highest concentrations of infection by the drug-resistant bug in and around San Francisco's Castro District, and among patients who visit health clinics that treat HIV infections among gay men in San Francisco and Boston.

As the article points out, the researchers stopped short of saying that this was a sexually-transmitted disease -- but pointed out that the most consistent locations were areas that have, contact.....during sex.

What this and other examples seem to be telling us is that, regardless of how hard we try to serosort our way out of problems, unprotected sex spreads more disease than protected sex.

As I have stated before, there's no question that bareback sex does feel better on a physical basis. However, when you have it, you are trading peace of mind and your long-term health for short-term thrills.

Unfortunately, this sort of thing makes one wonder if the gay community is glad to make that trade -- and if so, why?

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