Transmen (Sunday, August 12th, 2012)

Published by Ian in Other sexual health, Other THT at 11:31 pm with no comments.

Recently published, this is one of very few guides for the target audience, defined as .. anyone who was labelled female at birth but who identifies as male. (Inside front cover, in small black on blue writing) There is lots to applaud about this guide, from that it exists to much of the content. The […]

Summer Loving (Monday, July 30th, 2012)

Published by Ian in Other sexual health, Other THT at 10:58 pm with no comments.

Or is it Summer Lovin'? Both names are used. Anyway, it's THT's 2012 condom info campaign for 'gay men': We have launched our Gay Man's Guide To Condoms (Everything they didn't teach you in school), with the aim of ensuring gay and bisexual men are properly equipped to protect themselves and their partners from infection. […]

Combining two interests (Monday, February 6th, 2012)

Published by Ian in Other HIV, Other sexual health at 12:03 pm with no comments.

A few years ago, someone gave a presentation to a semi-official body on transgendered people and sex work. Most were doing sex work to pay for gender reassignment surgery. However she said that around 70-80% of MTF sex workers were HIV+ and gave several reasons for this, including being more vulnerable to taking more money […]

Testing at bi events (Monday, February 6th, 2012)

Published by Ian in Other HIV, Other sexual health at 11:30 am with no comments.

Making STI testing easier is a Good Thing, but there are some things to think about before having it as a feature of BiCon, for example. In no particular order.. Costs: time and money. Let's say we're a responsible bunch and half of us want to be tested. That's around 100-200 people, and that's likely […]

Up yer bum – rectal microbicides (Sunday, February 5th, 2012)

Published by Ian in Other HIV, Other sexual health at 3:34 pm with no comments.

Rectal microbicides are chemicals which are designed to be put up the anus into the rectum to kill off microbes that cause STIs when having anal sex with an infected partner. Ideally, they'd protect both the receptive and insertive partner. Much more research is being done on vaginal microbicides, partly because of 'moral' issues (i.e. […]

Snip, snip, the scissors go… (Wednesday, May 18th, 2011)

Published by Ian in Other HIV, Other sexual health at 10:51 pm with no comments.

Every so often, there are stories in the media like this one: Men who want to lower their chances of contracting HIV should be circumcised, the world's leading health experts said yesterday. Having the foreskin removed lowers the risk of catching the virus by 60 per cent, they said. (The Metro, London 29th March 2007) […]

Behaviourally Bisexual Men: Identifying needs for HIV prevention (Thursday, February 3rd, 2011)

Published by Ian in General, Other HIV, Other sexual health at 7:37 pm with no comments.

This report was commissioned from Sigma Research in 1994 by the UK government's Health Education Authority (HEA), then in charge of official HIV prevention work. I strongly suspect it was in order to demonstrate that, as the head of the work with gay and bisexual men* loved to say, bisexual men are "a minority of […]

Bisexual reading: 'Sexualities In Health and Social Care' by Tamsin Wilton (Thursday, September 11th, 2008)

Published by Ian in Other sexual health at 9:37 am with no comments.

Published in 2000 by OUP, "This lively and informative book offers a unique introduction to human sexuality in the context of health and social care practice" (back page blurb). Sounds great! Page xv sets out the standard against which it wants to to be judged: "What this book is about: The primary aim is to […]

"As you all know, about three of the lubes on the market kill the AIDS virus…" (Monday, December 4th, 2006)

Published by Ian in General, Other HIV, Other sexual health at 2:37 pm with no comments.

So someone on a uk bi list posted recently, naming one, 'Silken Secret'. My first reaction on reading that was "Erm, what would do that, apart from spermicide?" (Which I hope you all know is a no-no for this as the damage it does to the skin – the main one was originally designed as […]